All the Birds, Singing
By Evie Wyld
(Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9780307907769, 240pp.)
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
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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.
All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer. More at NPR.org
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