At first glance, I was curious as to what tender birds really means. Then I read the book and while reading I realized this book is mainly about love, loss, and finding strength in comfort in the tender birds. The book tugs at the heartstrings and helps the reader to enjoy the narrative of Fr. Matt and Alison that we all can in some way relate to. This book was very imaginative and interesting. It was full of metaphors and analogies that simply made sense in light of our own lives. I enjoyed reading this book and finding new ways of thinking and understanding my own struggles. If you enjoy meaningful and creative reads, this book is for you!
Book Details:Book Title The Tender Birds by Carole Giangrande
Category Adult Fiction (18 +),  305 pages
Genre:  Literary Fiction
Publisher Inanna Publications
Release date:  October 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M
(References to mature themes. The f-word and s**t are used about six
times each. There are two non-explicit sex scenes (one is a reverie) and
there is no physical violence.)
Book Description:Matthew Reilly is a busy academic, a lonely priest haunted by secrets.
Young Alison is the shy and devoted keeper of Daisy, a falcon which
suffered an accident and can no longer fly. The three of them meet in a
Boston parish, but Matt has forgotten a momentary but disturbing meetup
with Alison, homeless eight years earlier in Toronto. Close to
exhaustion, he’s forced to reflect on what’s become of his life,
including the loss of a son that no one knew he’d fathered. Alison and
Matt had a fateful encounter during her homeless period, but Matt
doesn’t connect that frail teenager with the healthy young woman she’d
become. It’s left to Alison to uncover Matt’s past and for Matt to come
to terms with it.

Praise for Carole Giangrande’s novels:

“…prose that absolutely shimmers. What’s more, her
recapitulation of what is was like to watch 9/11 unfold on television is
engrossing in its verisimilitude. DeLillo, Amis and Foer could learn a
thing or two from her.” — Quill and Quire
“This is a softly unsettling book, effective in showcasing the confusion that follows such a personal yet public crisis.” — Publishers’ Weekly
“…a deftly crafted meditation on what happens in the
aftermath of tragedies both public and private, calling into question
the idea that time heals all wounds.” — Room Magazine
“Giangrande has written a thought-provoking story that
will have your heart racing, bursting, and breaking. The story is
thoughtful, slow-going, and emotional.  The prose is beautiful.  The
characters are interesting, flawed, and realistic.  And the ways in
which this book explores life and death through the pain of waiting and
not knowing is superb.  I just loved this book so hard.  It was
terrific!” — A Bookish Way of Life
“The wording is both elegant and poetic… the author,
accomplished painting vivid images within my mind’s eye that will never
be forgotten. Overall this book is unique, being unlike anything I have
read before. Go get a copy! You will not be disappointed.” —Readaholic Zone

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About the Author:

Carole Giangrande is the award-winning author of ten books, including the novella A Gardener on the Moon (winner of the 2010 Ken Klonsky Award) and the novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (2018 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction). The Tender Birds
is her fourth novel. She’s worked as a broadcast journalist for CBC
Radio (Canada’s public broadcaster), and her fiction, poetry, articles
and reviews have appeared in literary journals and in Canada’s major
newspapers. In her spare time, she loves exploring nature with her
partner Brian, photographing birds and studying French.

Connect with the author:    Website   Twitter ~  Facebook

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