White Bird in a Blizzard: A Novel

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Hyperion, Jan 13, 1999 - Fiction - 240 pages
73 Reviews
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
It was one of the most rushed endings Ive ever read. - Goodreads
This book was amazing..the writing was like poetry. - Goodreads
The ending is predictable but gory nonetheless. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Cecilia Solis-sublette - Goodreads

The author does a good job of tapping into the mind of a 16 year old woman. She's annoying by novel's end. While the mystery premise of the novel is interesting, much of the relationships between ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenna (Jinkies Books) - Goodreads

I would have loved this book, however I wanted to know how many pages it was and on my quest for that I accidently saw the last line. (The hardcover is 226 pages). Major spoiler. However, I kept ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1999)

Laura Kasischke teaches creative writing in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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