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Crow Talk by Eileen Garvin
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Apr 30, 2024 | ISBN 9780593828045 | 720 Minutes

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“Eileen Garvin deftly explores our human connections – with each other, with nature, and with ourselves. Crow Talk will leave you in awe at how the smallest, most tender moments can hold the power to transform. A beautiful, unforgettable book.” —Shelby Van Pelt, New York Times bestselling author of Remarkably Bright Creatures

“Bursting with beautifully detailed observations of Pacific Northwest wildlife, Crow Talk will speak to the hearts of nature and bird lovers. Eileen Garvin’s story is itself a rich ecosystem that interconnects two women’s family histories, traumas, fears, disappointments—and above all, their determination to heal. As biologist Frankie attempts to decipher the language of crows and songwriter Anne tries to understand why her son can’t speak, the new friends find themselves muted in multiple ways—unable to pursue their scientific and creative passions, ask for help, set limits, forgive. The crows in the story always know how to speak their minds, and perhaps there are lessons to be learned from their candid communications. This book is a must-read for crow devotees and critics alike!” Glendy Vanderah, bestselling author of Where the Forest Meets the Stars

“This novel did more than just engage me as a reader, it completely transported me. Crow Talk is keenly observant, highly atmospheric, and full of hope. Garvin writes with great warmth and pathos about the majesty of the natural world, as well as the untamed wilds of the human heart.” Jonathan Evison, nationally bestselling author of Again and Again

“I so enjoyed this book that I couldn’t put it down; a life-affirming story of love, loss, pride, loneliness, forgiveness, and the power of friendship, against the backdrop of the raw and natural world of June Lake and its restorative magic, where a baby crow in recovery and a small boy in confusion focus the attention of those around them. It is a reminder that when we can’t find answers out in the world, we need the quiet of nature to hear those answers within ourselves, and the time to recognise them. And that to be heard, we must first find our voice.” Frieda Hughes, author of George – A Magpie Memoir

“I love this book! Eileen Garvin has created characters–human and corvid–so vividly appealing that long before I finished the book, I felt we were good friends. This is a book about both loss and redemption, a song of praise to the dazzling beauty and power of connecting with creatures other than ourselves. It will make you want to cheer!” Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus

“In Garvin’s beautiful novel, Frankie and Anne retreat to Beauty Bay hoping to find healing in nature, but it is their unexpected new friendship that offers each a path away from alienation and grief. This is the deep wisdom of Crow Talk, that caring for others—children, friends, crows—is a way to learn (or remember) how to care for ourselves.” —Claire Boyles, author of Site Fidelity

“Best seller Garvin’s debut, The Music of Bees, sparkled. She returns with a story of friendship and healing set in the Pacific Northwest where two women find refuge in an off-season enclave. One is battered by her failing academic career; the other, far from her Irish home, is trying to raise her [son] who will not speak. When an injured baby crow enters their lives, the three find something like solace.” —Library Journal

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