Rare Birds (2020)

Rare Birds Kathleen Novak Rare Birds On the very edge of nowhere prospectors long ago found iron ore and mined it and workers traveled from all over the world to settle and make their homes It is against this historical backdrop that t
  • Title: Rare Birds
  • Author: Kathleen Novak
  • ISBN: 9781579624989
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
Rare Birds Kathleen Novak On the very edge of nowhere, prospectors long ago found iron ore and mined it, and workers traveled from all over the world to settle and make their homes It is against this historical backdrop that the characters in Rare Birds live out their desires and unfinished stories in the early summer of 1960 Betty Larsen, raising her lover s daughter on her own, waits impatientlOn the very edge of nowhere, prospectors long ago found iron ore and mined it, and workers traveled from all over the world to settle and make their homes It is against this historical backdrop that the characters in Rare Birds live out their desires and unfinished stories in the early summer of 1960 Betty Larsen, raising her lover s daughter on her own, waits impatiently for him to return Skinny old Gertrude, who rounds the block headlong a dozen times a day, hears the bugs beneath the cut grass and the hysteria of a new season happening And on the next block, Nicky Marodi, just returned from a state hospital for the mentally ill, lurches along in his new freedom It is the first day of summer vacation and the trees have blossomed in the brightest green Meanwhile, three neighborhood girls band together to explore an abandoned house, where they find mysteries in every room, half packed boxes, what looks like blood, and the mementos of lives they try to imagine But theirs is not the only mystery.In fact, mysteries and secrets abound Betty s lover does not return Gertrude suddenly experiences a longing she has never known and the girls encounter glints of magic that change each of them unexpectedly Even in June Even as a band of marauding teenage hoodlums invade their block, Nicky lands in jail, and the old Italians tend their gardens, claiming the land as their own A poetic and luscious paean of a particular place and time, Rare Birds interweaves the stories of these odd and dear characters, who could not have guessed they would be so well remembered.
Rare Birds Kathleen Novak

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One thought on “Rare Birds

  1. Sheila

    The world of the 1960s wasn t just composed of hippies and Elvis It also encompassed small mining towns, small minded teenagers, big hearted outcasts, women foolish and wise, and small girls in search of something to swell into summer The birds of Kathleen Novak s Rare Birds might be pigeons on the roof, a magpie couple carrying a covered shopping bag, or a cuckoo sitting on the curb Each character is rare and worth meeting in this novel, even those unknowns who ve already fled their nest Italia [...]

  2. Margo Littell

    In a tiny mining town in Minnesota, June begins, but life is anything but unremarkable for the people who live within the tidy residential blocks Betty has always counted on regular visits from Claus, the married man who fathered her daughter, Elise, but now Claus seems to have disappeared Gertrude, who marks the days with determined, deliberate walks around her neighborhood, is stunned when an unfamiliar man notices her That man, Nicky, has just been released from a mental institution, and his [...]

  3. Carrie

    A young girl sits on her curb and longs to be friends with the Italian girl across the street Suddenly, she has not one, but two friends, both a little older but who take in six year old Elise and form a secret club Anxious to form lasting friendships, have an adventure, or become famous and breakout of a nomadic life, each girl is a keen observer of the secrets of other people, and marvel at the goings on in their small neighborhood.

  4. Chuck

    Rare Birds is an enjoyable journey to a by gone time in America Kathleen Novak paints the portrait of people living in a neighborhood of a mining town in the 1960s Her descriptive narrative follows the people for only a few weeks, but reveals how sparks of interaction trickle down to affect so many And leaves many altered lives for the reader to ponder.

  5. Molly

    Unusual cast of characters in a small 2 block area of a small town Rare Birds odd and dear indeed I enjoyed listening.

  6. Jim Lewis

    Lots of rare birds in every community Here is a look at some of those birds in a northern Minnesota mining town it s Hibbing Fun read.

  7. Andrea

    Beautiful book about the small dramas and complexity beneath the surface of a seemingly placid Iron Range town in the 1960s.

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