And The Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne SaucierAnd The Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier

And The Birds Rained Down

byJocelyne SaucierTranslated byRhonda Mullins

Paperback | October 15, 2012

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A CBC Canada Reads 2015 Selection!Finalist for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English TranslationDeep in a Northern Ontario forest live Tom and Charlie, two octogenarians determined to live out the rest of their lives on their own terms: free of all ties and responsibilities, their only connection to civilization two pot farmers who bring them whatever they can't eke out for themselves. But their solitude is disrupted by the arrival of two women. The first is a photographer searching for survivors of a series of catastrophic fires nearly a century earlier; the second is an elderly escapee from a psychiatric institution. The little hideaway in the woods will never be the same.Originally published in French, And the Birds Rained Down ,the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, is a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.
Jocelyne Saucier is the author of several novels and the recipient of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Ringuet de l'Academie des lettres du Quebec. She was born in New Brunswick and now resides in Abitibi, Quebec. Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montreal. And the Birds Rained Down , her ...
Title:And The Birds Rained DownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.79 × 5.15 × 0.52 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Coach House BooksLanguage:English

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