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A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington

A Catalog of Birds

A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington
Jul 11, 2017 | 224 Pages
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Praise for A Catalog of Birds

“Stunning natural descriptions provide a rich backdrop for Harrington’s beautifully articulated coming-of-age story, which captures the pain of loved ones grappling with the after effects of war.”
—Booklist (Starred)

“A sensitive rendering of shattered lives.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“An award-winning playwright, Harrington captures her characters with quick strokes and sharp dialogue, creating a complex and richly told tale.”
—The Washingston Post

“Her prose sings, sweeping through heavy topics with a quiet sense of resilience and buoyant hope.”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“In language that is both lyrical and horrifying, A Catalog of Birds questions what it means to be an American, and offers what can be salvaged, or hoped, for a future.”
—Consequence Magazine

“Harrington’s prose is fierce and tender both, and the story so powerful. Taut and true, A Catalog of Birds is a beautiful book about family, loss and love. Its memorable characters will haunt you long after you put it down.”
—Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs

“Laura Harrington’s lyrical and unforgettable A Catalog of Birds explores what makes a life worth living. Harrington paints both human frailties and the Vietnam conflict with empathetic clarity she does best and the parallels between our recent wars in the Middle-East are both nuanced and startlingly wise.”
—Siobahn Fallon, The Confusion of Languages
A Catalog of Birds is a heartbreaking journey into the soul of America.”
Randy Susan Meyers, The Widow of Wall Street
“Laura Harrington has written a rich, dense, beautifully crafted novel.”
—Ann Napolitano, A Good Hard Look
“There is a fierceness to this book. A Catalog of Birds is an absolute marvel of a novel.”
—Robin Black, Life Drawing
A Catalogue of Birds immerses us in a world of family love; of yearning and faith and the devastation wrought by war on the human heart. Laura Harrington weaves American history and natural history into a riveting story of damage and resilience. Harrington’s voice is as clear and distinctive as a bird call.”
—Rachel Kadish, award-winning author of The Weight of Ink 

Praise for Alice Bliss

“Nothing less than a fully realized vision of a young complicated girl.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Harrington’s first novel makes a powerful statement against the war. Her story is harrowing and heartbreaking, it reads like truth.”
—Sue Corbett, People Magazine (four stars)

“Alice Bliss is a heroine of her day whose relationship with her father is tenderly and movingly realized.”
London Sunday Times

“Though the fluid narration offers access to many characters, this is the story of Alice, her courage, fear, and optimism, and her heartbreaking discovery of the extent to which her father’s life will shape and guide her own.”
Publishers Weekly

“Starred Review. This is a remarkably sensitive first novel, full of splendid characterizations.”

“Heartbreaking yet edged with promise, Alice Bliss explores the wounds of war, love, and family bonds while illuminating the strength of a young girl’s spirit. A stunning debut.”
—Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

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