A delicately rendered memoir on motherhood, family, and the
beauty of the natural world.
In fall 2007, Lynn Thomson experiences a huge life shift. Her
teenage son, Yeats, is just beginning high school. Yeats has always
struggled against the system, against the pressure to conform. He
is a poet at heart: acutely sensitive, highly intelligent, and
solitary by nature. Lynn and Yeats have always been close, but
after fourteen years as a stay-at-home mom Lynn is going back to
work for her husband, Ben, who has just opened his own
When Lynn and Yeats take a trip to Vancouver Island, they
discover a mutual love of bird watching. Lynn is the only other
person Yeats has found who loves nature and watching birds. Plus,
she has a car. Lynn describes in wondrous detail the many trips she
and Yeats take, from the Wye Marsh and Pelee Island in Ontario, to
Vancouver Island in British Columbia, to an ill-fated trip to the
Galapagos Islands. The two grow closer with each bird-watching
expedition. At the same time, Lynn notices that her son is
beginning to pull away - and she must learn to let go.
Birding with Yeats is a delicate, sensitive, and gentle
reflection on the unique bond between a mother and son, and the
magic that is the natural world.