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In The Land Of Birdfishes This remarkable novel about mythmaking and survival opens in rural Nova Scotia where two sisters witness the suicide of their wild beautiful mother Their father sick with grief blindfolds the children to shield them from the misery of the world Left that way for years they are each scarred in their own way Mara is rendered fully blind and Aileen partly so When a neighbour discovers their condition they are immediately separated for treatment and it isn’t until decades later after Aileen’s marriage has fallen apart that she decides to seek out her lost sister She heads to Dawson City Yukon where Mara is said to be living but instead finds Mara’s angry young son JasonSoon Aileen has insinuated her way into the hard drinking hard living existence of Dawson City’s residents from whom she hears various conflicting stories about her sister When the novel shifts to Jason’s perspective the reader starts to understand the nature of these stories and the underlying secrets that compel their creationEngaging and deeply moving In the Land of Birdfishes builds inevitably to a shocking and heartbreaking conclusion When I had eyes I saw my sister’s hair yellow my mother’s back small rocks that the water took out and in from the shore with gasps of its deep ocean lungs I remember my own hands how tiny they were beside my father’s One day he put my hands in his and showed me how they disappeared like that inside his fist Both my hands gone I lost all this—lost everything—but slowly

10 thoughts on “In The Land Of Birdfishes

  1. Orla Hegarty Orla Hegarty says:

    A friend of mine who is also a Toronto native recently moved to Cape Breton and recommended this book to me written by a Cape Breton authorThe book is only partly set in Cape Breton and mostly set in another small community Dawson City at the other end of our vast country of CanadaI loved it I love that Ms Silver Slayter is capturing the subtleties of small town Canadian life in lyrical and imaginative ways like this book didI feel that the lack of reviews for this book is not due to a poor uality but due to the urbanization of our world which unfortunately includes good literature

  2. Wisewebwoman Wisewebwoman says:

    I tried I couldn't It's her writing style I persisted but felt no connection to any of them even the unfortunate sisters who should have had an intervention way before they did I'm not much of a fan of works balanced between myth and reality so I tossed before frustration set in15

  3. Penny (Literary Hoarders) Penny (Literary Hoarders) says:

    Meh It was not what I anticipated

  4. Andrea MacPherson Andrea MacPherson says:

    Well I was intrigued by the premise of the book a father who blindfolds his twin daughters' eyes after their mother's death to protect them from the world and ultimately turning them blind but the premise was only the smallest seed of the novel to come The novel explores Aileen's search for her long lost twin Mara The search takes her to Dawson City where she meets Mara's son Jason and other members of the town including Angel and Minnie The novel rotates between all five perpectives each in the first person narrative And this is where the story started to lose me Each voice other than Mara's feels the same and this sameness weighs the narrative down Thoughts sentence structures preoc upations all merge together leaving an indistinct mass of a story This novel in the end is an examination of storytelling and how we express our stories than anyhing else Woven in to the primary narratives is Jason's retelling of First Nations based myths in an attempt to articulate his life and his mother's disappearance I was interested in all these stories but by the end of the novel there were too many ambiguities too many unanswered uestions too many dropped threads for it to feel like a satisfying novel

  5. Kim Kim says:

    uite a good book that was told by the main characters in the book I uite enjoyed it but found the ending a bit confusing and still pondering what it meant Thanks for a good read

  6. Nina Nina says:

    Sad weird and confusing I liked the Native American tales But it is not enough to recommend this book

  7. Sarah Awwad Sarah Awwad says:

    The first part was very captivating and emotional It set a clear and interesting context However throughout the book new characters were introduced and I felt pressed to move to new contexts when I wasn't ready to do so; that was a little bit confusing and distracting In regards to content I really enjoyed the portrayal and narration of Indigenous stories and values I also applaud the author for ensuring clearly depicting many of the struggles that occupation has inflicted on the Han people I would mainly recommend the book for the first part and for its cultural appropriateness

  8. Bobbie Bobbie says:

    had to read this for book club Found it to be very confusing and did not like the ending at all The first third of the book was ok The rest of the book was disappointing and leave uestions than answers I would pass on this one if it was not for my book club

  9. Robert Hubbard Robert Hubbard says:

    A brilliant novel Mysterious fascinating well paced and exciting to read Clever sophisticated lots of intrigue lots of colour

  10. Jelena Jelena says:

    I had been eyeing this book for a while because the concept of myth making and storytelling interests me The blurb described the story of two twin sisters whose father goes crazy when their mother commits suicide and blindfolds them so that they can't see the evil in the world One of the sisters Mara becomes completely blind while Aileen becomes partially blind Needless to say every part of me was ready for this story I was soldSlayter divides the book into chapters that shift between the main characters Although the decentralization of the narrator allows Slayter to present many different stories the tone remains so similar throughout that it is difficult to distinguish each speaker Moreover the vulgarity and sexual language used to distinguish characters like Jason seems forced and unnecessary While I understand the importance of storytelling to these characters on an intellectual level I feel that Slayter shies away from a deep engagement with the idea of stories She seems to be trying to capture the rhythm of oral storytelling however she sacrifices the chance to establish convincing characters Minnie is possibly the only well rounded character but sadly the power of character is only realised at the end of the novelThe most successful aspect of the novel were Jason's stories The fusion of First Nations and Christian traditions is intriguing so I can't help but wish that this idea was taken further If these stories held a central place in the novel it would have created a much compelling exploration of myth making Ultimately the novel suffers because of Aileen's centrality in the text Frankly Aileen's story is dull Instead of relying on a huge twist ending Slayter could have taken this book as a chance to trace how the story of Mara develops for each character I'm still confused as to why Jason needs the stories so muchRebecca Silver Slayter tackles many issues in her debut novel religion family violence sexuality relationships importance of place and community and so forth Despite all the shortcomings I feel that In the Land of Birdfishes shows immense potential because of its creativity and drive This review was uite negative it seems but I would still recommend the book The stories and the ideas were very interesting despite their arrangement in the overall narrativeFavourite passagesConversation between Aileen and Jason when she gets to Dawson CityUp here it feels like you're at the edge of somethingHe watched me Edge of what?Maybe the world I swung my beer back into my mouth reckless Like you might fall offHe looked like he couldn't decide if that made him mad or not People like you always say things like that I'll tell you what it feels like Feels like the goddamn middle of everythingWhat do you mean? I askedThe middle is where you end up if you don't go anywhere You have to do something to get away from the middleI thought about that I was in Toronto and people there thought they were in the middle of everythingThose people He grinned Those people are so far over the edge they went right over to the other side 164 5 From one of Jason's sections During a conversation with AileenHer face showed she heard me but I couldn't understand her expression as she stared up at me I wished her face were an answerI wished her face were a sentence I wished her face were a sentence that said if she'd called him or why she'd gone to that pay phone to do it and what she had said and what it would come to mean216

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