Category: Book Reviews
Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis
The Book of Dead Birds follows the story of Ava Sing Lo, a 25 year old black Korean-American woman who has an unfortunate habit of killing her mother's beloved pet birds. She travels to the Salton Sea during the worst bird die off in American history to help with the rescue effort (hoping that she can in turn make some amends with her mother.) In the meanwhile, she is also working on writing the story of her mother's life in the hopes of coming to terms with her mother's past as a prostitute on a US military base in Korea. The novel is ultimately one of identity, migration and reconciliation. It covers some dark territory, but is filled with quirky humor, as well.
Submitted by Gayle Brandeis, posted on Thursday July 24, @08:33PM