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Rain Birds, the stunning debut novel by Harriet McKnight, is coming in September 2017.
Dear book-loving colleague,
One of the greatest joys of being a publisher is discovering a new author and knowing how much pleasure she is going to bring to readers when you share her words—Harriet McKnight is one of those writers for me. As soon as I started reading Rain Birds I knew I was in the presence of a rare talent—and then to find out that the author is only 28 years old; Harriet’s writing is wise beyond her years.
Rain Birds is a profound novel that deals, in part, with the unravelling of a long marriage as a result of one partner’s dementia. At the same time, it follows the journey of a young conservation biologist who is working on reintroducing native birds, but is haunted by her troubled childhood and by what she sees as humanity’s reckless destruction of the natural world. Gradually the two narrative threads entwine until all the characters’ fates are bound together as nature takes control.
This accomplished work of fiction draws insightful parallels between the loss of personal memory and our collective amnesia in regards to environmental devastation and the extinction of species. It is a timely and impressive debut—one that marks the start of what I’m sure will be a long and distinguished writing career for Harriet McKnight.
I hope you love Rain Birds as much as I do.
‘With a delicate yet decisive hand, Harriet McKnight deftly weaves the stories of two forthright women searching for moments of stillness in an ever-changing world. Intelligent and absorbing, Rain Birds eschews sentiment in favour of clear-eyed empathy for its characters.’—Melanie Joosten
Download a sample chapter from Rain Birds here.
For your chance to receive one of five advance proofs of Rain Birds, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The first five people to respond will win a copy.
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