The bird's child
Price, Sandra Leigh, author

The bird's child

Price, Sandra Leigh, author


Personal Author
Price, Sandra Leigh, author

Publication Information
Sydney, NSW Fourth Estate, 2015.

Physical Description
373 pages ; 24 cm.

A novel of magic, birds, lost letters and love. Sydney, 1929: three people find themselves washed up on the steps of Miss Du Maurier's bohemian boarding house in a once grand terrace in Newtown. Ari is a young Jewish man, a pogrom orphan, who lives under the stern rule of his rabbi uncle, but dreams his father is Houdini. Upon his hand he bears a forbidden mark - a tattoo - and has a secret ambition to be a magician. Finding an injured parrot one day on the street, Ari is unsure of how to care for it, until he meets young runaway Lily, a glimmering girl after his own abracadabra heart. together they form a magical act, but their lives take a strange twist when wild card Billy, a charming and dangerous drifter twisted by the war, can no longer harbour secret desires of his own. the Bird's Child is a feat of sleight-of-hand. Birds speak, keys appear from nowhere, boxes spill secrets and the dead talk. this is a magical, stunningly original, irresistible novel - both an achingly beautiful love story and a slowly unfurling mystery of belonging.

Subject Term
Love -- Fiction.
Australian fiction.
Letters -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Birds -- Fiction.
Magic -- Australia -- Fiction.
Boardinghouses -- Fiction.
Magicians -- Fiction.
Magic tricks -- Fiction.

Love stories
Fantasy fiction

Geographic Term
Sydney (N.S.W.) -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Newtown (N.S.W.) -- Fiction.

Regular print

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