All the Birds, Singing: A Novel

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From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness.
 
Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rain and battering wind. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wants it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, and rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake’s past, hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption.


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About the author

EVIE WYLD grew up in Australia and London, where she currently resides. She has won the John Llewellyn-Rhys prize and a Betty Trask Award, and she has been short-listed for the Orange Award for New Writers, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and the Costa Novel Award.

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Publisher
Pantheon
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Published on
Apr 15, 2014
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780307907776
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
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Eligible for Family Library

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

An exhilarating new book from Australia's most acclaimed writer

Tim Winton is Australia's most decorated and beloved literary novelist. Short-listed twice for the Booker Prize and the winner of a record four Miles Franklin Awards for Best Australian Novel, he has a gift for language virtually unrivaled among English-language novelists. His work is both tough and tender, primordial and new—always revealing the raw, instinctual drives that lure us together and rend us apart.
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No premiado romance de Evie Wyld, a fazendeira Jake White leva uma vida simples numa ilha inglesa. Suas únicas companhias são rochedos, a chuva incessante, suas ovelhas e um cachorro, que atende pelo nome de Cão. Tendo escolhido a solidão por vontade própria, Jake precisa lidar com acontecimentos recentes que põem em dúvida o quanto ela realmente está sozinha – e o quanto estará segura. De tempos em tempos, uma de suas ovelhas aparece morta, o que pode ser muito bem obra das raposas que habitam a floresta próxima à sua fazenda. Ou de algo pior. Um menino perdido, um homem estranho, rumores sobre uma fera e fantasmas do seu próprio passado atormentam a vida de uma mulher que sonha com a redenção. Aos poucos, vamos descobrindo mais sobre as suas habilidades em tosquiar e cuidar de ovelhas, aprendidas ainda quando jovem, em sua terra natal, na Austrália. E vamos aprendendo também o que aconteceu lá, que acabou por conduzir White à uma vida de reclusão e isolamento. E sobre as contradições e diferenças entre um passado (sempre narrado no tempo verbal presente) cheio de vida e calor, e o presente (narrado por sua vez no passado) repleto de lama, frio e um ritmo mais desacelerado, paira uma atmosfera absolutamente brutal. Com uma prosa verdadeiramente excepcional, o estilo da autora reúne tanto clareza como substância e apresenta uma personagem inesquecível, enigmática, trágica, assombrada por um passado inescapável. Uma mulher forte, ainda que tão passível de falhas, erros e equívocos como todos nós. É uma história de solidão e sobrevivência, culpa, perda e o poder do perdão. Uma escrita visceral onde sentimos a presença de tudo, os odores, o vento, o tempo. Nada passa desapercebido.
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