The Bird Woman

The Bird Woman

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Ellen McKinnon's clairvoyant experiences damage her mental and physical health. She must face and assimilate an unwanted but unavoidable family secret, experiencing a revelation that turns her life around in this insightful look at the rift between mysticism and rationalism.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316076234
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 16, 2014

What great writing. Ellen McKinnon is surly & I did want to have a bit more clarification to her feelings & reactions but nevertheless I'm glad I chose this book to read. I'm glad to have spent my time with Ellen & her lovely family. The author painted pictures with her words & kept me interested throughout.

Oct 06, 2012

Ellen McKinnon is a prickly woman. She holds a lot back and approaches life with suspicion. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, she marries Robbie and then leaves him for Liam, a southerner. She settles in with Liam in the South and experiences life without bombs, hatred and fear. Still she cannot relax. Finally she is called home to her mother's death bed. The author is a poet and it shows in the flow of prose painting word pictures and emotions. It took me a little bit to get into the story but the telling drew me in and I read faster and faster as Ellen questioned her life and beliefs more and more.


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