White Bird in a Blizzard: A Novel
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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Oddly, he owned a rifle, which his father had inherited from his own father, and
which he kept in the basement but never used. He seemed, in fact, afraid of his
own rifle. It was kept unloaded, locked up in the same cabinet where he kept his ...
By June of every year, she'd have already made the dough, already have ten
pounds of it wrapped in wax paper waiting in the freezer in the basement. We'd
gone through two freezers storing that. Years and years ago, the Ice-Master
Mickey left for Madison yesterday without calling to say goodbye. "This morning
he said, I kid you not, 'I won't have girls smoking in my basement,' " I tell her. "
What?" Beth laughs. "We've been smoking in that basement for five fucking years,
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rainpebble - LibraryThing
White Bird in a Blizzard by Laura Kasischke; (2*) I kept hoping that my initial assumption was incorrect and that there would be a huge twist. But it simply did not happen. This is one of those books ... Read full review
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I loved this book. Loved the story, the writing and poetic flow. I picked this book because I seen on Ellen that there was a movie coming out by this name and figured ah just for the heck of it I'll ... Read full review