When We Were Birds: Stories by Maria MutchWhen We Were Birds: Stories by Maria Mutch

When We Were Birds: Stories

byMaria Mutch

Hardcover | April 24, 2018

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From Governor General’s Literary Awards finalist Maria Mutch comes a startlingly inventive debut collection that recalls the works of Margaret Atwood, Kelly Link, Karen Russell, and Heather O’Neill.

Wolves talk, notes magically appear on a woman’s skin, Red Riding Hood concocts a clever escape, a peregrine turns into a woman with strange compulsions, and a winged man believed to be a famous musician is discovered stranded on a beach.

These deliciously dark and evocative stories masterfully navigate the blurry line between perception and reality, revolving around metamorphosis and transformation, the dichotomy of absence and presence, and the place of women in the world—how they fit in or don't and how they disappear and reappear in the strangest of ways...

Punctuated with exquisite antique drawings and photographs by the author, When We Were Birds is an intoxicating feat of storytelling that will surprise and delight—leaving you craving more.
Title:When We Were Birds: StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:150118279X

ISBN - 13:9781501182792

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Me 2.5/5 Stars This was a hard one to get through. It sounded intriguing, but it would seem I just don't care for short story collections. Maybe it's because I myself don't have the self-control to write a short (keyword there) story, or I always find myself disappointed, lost or wanting more. I struggled to get into several of these stories because the plot itself is lost under so much deeper meaning. Most of them and drowned, dried and rolled in layer upon layer of beautiful writing and such hidden meaning. Towards the end the stories did start getting better, and my favourite turned out to be the longest. One about a woman with words appearing on her skin and falling off like tags. There is no denying the wild and vivid imagination of Mutch, but this wasn't for me.
Date published: 2018-04-23

Editorial Reviews

"An impressive debut for author Maria Mutch, whose literary memoir maintains that magical balance between lyricism and realism. . . . Very universal and lovely, and utterly worth the read."