Love and Ordinary Creatures: A Novel by Gwyn Hyman RubioLove and Ordinary Creatures: A Novel by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Love and Ordinary Creatures: A Novel

byGwyn Hyman Rubio

Paperback | October 15, 2014

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 125 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


New York Times bestselling author Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s highly anticipated new novel...

Love and Ordinary Creatures is told through the eyes of a cockatoo in love with his very human caretaker. Snatched in a net from his Australian homeland as a young parrot, Caruso has adapted to captivity and has learned all he knows of love from his previous owner, who was obsessively fixated on his childhood sweetheart. Now in his new home with the beautiful and talented Clarissa, Caruso has found both love and happiness-until a handsome stranger arrives in town and sets his sights on Clarissa.

Smart, passionate, and wildly inventive, Caruso strives to put his human rival in his place before he loses Clarissa for good. And when a hurricane descends upon the coast, Caruso's love for Clarissa and his memories of freedom are tested as the storm threatens all that he holds dear. Set in the early 1990s in a quaint North Carolina seashore town, Love and Ordinary Creatures is an exquisite tale of the ways in which love and hope transcend species.

Gwyn Hyman Rubio is the bestselling author of Icy Sparks, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a 1998 New York Times Notable Book. A national bestseller, the novel was praised as "vivid and unforgettable" (New York Times Book Review) and "a combination of fire and ice that will take your breath away" (Atlanta Journ...
Title:Love and Ordinary Creatures: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Byte Level ResearchLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1618220314

ISBN - 13:9781618220318


Editorial Reviews

"The beautifully written book Love & Ordinary Creatures speaks of family and love...It tells of the powerful and often surprising human-animal connections, transcending species, and explores the way we connect with our environment, its creatures, and one another...a gripping tale of the human condition and the deeper meanings of love, life and sacrifice." -- Huffington Post Books "In this interesting cross-species love story, Rubio does a good job of expressing the mind-set of another creature and gives spot-on descriptions of the local landscape." -- Booklist "The whimsical pace of this love story is made possible because of the exquisite prose and thought-provoking viewpoints. The deep love between a bird and a human is so realistic that Rubio makes you forget the nature of the two characters. It also is a story of loyalty and sacrifice, and the creativity of the author makes the reader root for a happy outcome. Caruso's story progresses from his beginning in the rainforest through the development of his challenging interactions with humans. Rubio captures the strong bond between humans and other living creatures and provides provocative ideas on love and the meaning of life." -- Kentucky Monthly