Prairie Ostrich by Tamai KobayashiPrairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi

Prairie Ostrich

byTamai Kobayashi

Paperback | March 4, 2013

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Not every story has a happy ending.

Since her brother's death, eight-year-old Egg Murakami has been living day-to-day on the family ostrich farm near Bittercreek, discovering life to be an ever-perplexing condition. Mama Murakami has curled up inside a bottle, and Papa has exiled himself to the barn with the birds. Big sister Kathy tells stories to Egg so that the world might not seem so awful.

The Murakami family is not happy. But in the hands of Tamai Kobayashi, their story becomes a drama of rare insight and virtuosity. Weighing physical, cultural, and emotional isolation against the backdrop of schoolyard battles and adult mysteries, Kobayashi paints a compelling portrait of a feisty and endearing outsider.

As Kathy's final year in high school counts down to an uncertain future, the indomitable Egg sits quiet witness to her unravelling family as she tries to find her place in a bewildering world.

Born in Japan, raised in Canada, Tamai Kobayashi is a writer, song-writer, and videographer. She is the author of two story collections, Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic, whose vivid, electric prose has garnered considerable critical acclaim. Prairie Ostrich is her first novel.
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Title:Prairie OstrichFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:March 4, 2013Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864926804

ISBN - 13:9780864926807

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breaks your heart in a beautiful way I loved this book. I wanted so much for Egg. I felt so deeply for her sister. I loved the way this showed how people who aren't straight and aren't white exist on the prairies. Just because it's fraught and sometimes (lots of times) it's hard doesn't mean there's no beauty.
Date published: 2017-11-19

Editorial Reviews

Not every story has a happy ending. Since her brother's death, eight-year-old Egg Murakami has been living day-to-day on the family ostrich farm near Bittercreek, discovering life to be an ever-perplexing condition. Mama Murakami has curled up inside a bottle, and Papa has exiled himself to the barn with the birds. Big sister Kathy tells stories to Egg so that the world might not seem so awful. The Murakami family is not happy. But in the hands of Tamai Kobayashi, their story becomes a drama of rare insight and virtuosity. Weighing physical, cultural, and emotional isolation against the backdrop of schoolyard battles and adult mysteries, Kobayashi paints a compelling portrait of a feisty and endearing outsider. As Kathy's final year in high school counts down to an uncertain future, the indomitable Egg sits quiet witness to her unravelling family as she tries to find her place in a bewildering world. - 20140205"By turns harrowing and hilarious, this exquisitely crafted story stunned me with its insights into childhood loss, cruelty and triumph. Egg may be small but her sassiness and steadfastness make her huge and indomitable. I loved this novel." — Kyo Maclear, author of Stray Love and The Letter Opener - 20140205