White Bird in a Blizzard: A Novel

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Hyperion, Jan 13, 1999 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Laura Kasischke's first novel, SUSPICIOUS RIVER, was hailed as "extremely powerful" (The Los Angeles Times) and "amazing...beautifully written" (The Boston Globe). Now Kasischke follows up her auspicious debut with mesmerizing story of youthful passion and loss of innocence.

When Katrina Connors' mother walks out on her family, Kat is surprised but not shocked; the whole year she has been "becoming sixteen" - falling in love with the boy next door, shedding her babyfat, discovering sex - her mother has been slowly withdrawing. As Kat and her impassive father pick up the pieces of their daily lives, she finds herself curiously unaffected by her mother's absence. But in dreams that become too real to ignore, she's haunted by her mother's cries for help. Finally, she must act on her instinct that something violent and evil has occurred - a realization that brings Kat to a chilling discovery.

Like SUSPICIOUS RIVER, which The New Yorker described as "by turns terrifying and ravishingly lyrical," WHITE BIRD BLIZZARD evokes works of Kathryn Harrison and Joyce Carol Oates - and confirms Kasischke's arrival as a major literary talent.

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The writing was very good but ZERO plot. - Goodreads
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This book was amazing..the writing was like poetry. - Goodreads
It was one of the most rushed endings Ive ever read. - Goodreads
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I think this may be my least favorite book. In my opinion, the author used WAY TOO MANY descriptive words and phrases, and a lot of the time they didn't even make sense. Absolutely nothing happened it ... Read full review

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I watched the movie based on this yesterday, and it was very weird yet also I was engrossed. I didn't know it was a book until the end of the movie and so now of course I'm curious. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Laura Kasischke teaches creative writing in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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