All the Birds, Singing
By Evie Wyld
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780345802507, 240pp.)
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
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From one of "Granta"'s Best Young British Novelists, an emotionally powerful, award-winning novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past.
Jake Whyte has retreated to a remote farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds, with only her collie and a flock of sheep as companions. But something--or someone--has begun picking off her sheep one by one. There are foxes in the woods, a strange man wandering the island, and rumors of a mysterious beast prowling at night. And there is Jake's relentless past--one she tried to escape thousands of miles away and years ago, concealed in stubborn silence and isolation and the scars that stripe her back. With exceptional artistry, "All the Birds, Singing" plumbs a life of fierce struggle and survival, sounding depths of unexpected beauty and hard-won redemption.