Birdie by Tracey LindbergBirdie by Tracey Lindberg


byTracey Lindberg

Hardcover | May 26, 2015

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Monkey Beach meets Green Grass, Running Water meets The Beachcombers in this wise and funny novel by a debut Cree author

Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly's Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.

TRACEY LINDBERG, a woman of Cree-Metis ancestry from northern Alberta, is a professor of law and an Indigenous-rights activist. She has a doctoral degree in law as well as law degrees from the University of Ottawa, Harvard Law School and the University of Saskatchewan. She was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal, the most prestig...
Title:BirdieFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.97 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554682940

ISBN - 13:9781554682942


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lyrical This is a complex story, that admittedly took me a while to get into. Instead of forcing the book to be what I thought it was going to be about, I released all expectations and was finally able to give it the focus it deserves. Worth the read. Something I think I will go back to again to pick up on nuances I missed the first time around.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully and lyrically told Birdie is a fantastic novel and a beautifully told story full of emotion, vigour, hardships, strife. It is a battle of reflection, but not always an unhappy one. Humour and wit accompany Birdie as she searches for answers in the spirit world.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read this The story telling in this book is magical. I loved it because it describes places where I've been. I could picture the scenes so vividly; and that made me re-evaluate the places I thought I knew. You see inside a different culture, a different belief system and it challenges how you see the world. I loved the story, and though its an uncomfortable catharsis, this is a necessary understanding of pain, damage and issues that have been ignored for way to long. At the same time, there's beauty and hope, intelligence and strength. You don't understand, all the time, why the protagonist is doing what she's doing, but by the end, you feel akin to her.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Open the book and get lost in it, get lost in the story, get lost in your reflections
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Complex This book can be quite difficult to read at times. I had to stop and go back a few passages several times. I think this was almost intentional on the part of the author, as the reader experiences some of the same confusion and ebb-and-flow that the protagonist is experiencing. Despite this, I found the story and it's complicated characters to be endearing, tragic, and insightful.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wanted to like it I really wanted to like this book... but I had to put it down. The story got a bit too confusing to me, and I felt very lost while reading it.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needs more promotion This book deserves to be shared
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failure to engage Every now and then, I would read a line that hit home, that I related to. Otherwise, it was very difficult to follow the people coming in and out of Birdie's story. They were never clearly introduced to the reader. I felt like I kept hoping, wanting for some spark to inspire change and it was trudging and hard and riddled with despair. I know there is a lot of acclaim about this book so I'm not sure what I'm missing that others love. It failed to engage me in any way.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this book. This book is amazing. It foregrounds the experience of a Cree woman through wit and humour, but also through a narrative that portrays the very real experiences of Indigenous women. And, it is a rewriting of the male story. Cannot recommend this book enough!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent debut novel Birdie is one of those people who fell through the cracks even when everything was done right. It didn't help that she felt she didn't deserve the good that happened in her life. She is a likable character that I quickly found myself caring for. I wanted her to succeed. She had three good women in her camp, as well as her mother and grandmother during her younger years. Her aunt Val, her cousin Freda and her employer Lola. They each loved her for their own reasons, yet only Val understood where Birdie was at and what internal road she was travelling. It wasn't a spirit quest, but rather a dream quest. At the beginning of the book, I couldn't follow what was happening, sort of like the confusion that Birdie was feeling in her life. Within a few chapters, I was so wrapped up in the telling that I was weeping. I can't pinpoint one particular reason for the tears, rather it was the accumulation of all she had been going through. The story wasn't all gloomy by any means. The references to the long running television show The Beachcombers brought found memories to mind and made me smile along with Birdie. I thank author Tracey Lindberg for inviting me into these women's complex lives. Each of the was on a journey and they needed Birdie to help them move along to their next stage, just as she needed them to care for her physical body while she tended to her spiritual one. This is a moving debut novel and hints at wonderful literary future for Ms. Lindberg.
Date published: 2016-06-10

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