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DOWNLOAD The Book of Dead Birds 109 à Ava Sing Lo has been accidentally killing her mother's birds since she was a little girl Now in her twenties Ava leaves her native San Diego for the Salton Sea where she volunteers to help environmental activists save thousands of birds poisoned by agricultural runoffHelen her mother has been haunted by her past for dS been haunted by her past for decades As a young girl in Korea Helen was drawn into prostitution on a segregated American army base Several brutal years passed before a young white American soldier married her and brought her to California When she gave birth to a black baby her new hu. Interesting motherdaughter story

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Ava Sing Lo has been accidentally killing her mother's birds since she was a little girl Now in her twenties Ava leaves her native San Diego for the Salton Sea where she volunteers to help environmental activists save thousands of birds poisoned by agricultural runoffHelen her mother ha. A half blackhalf Korean 25 year old virgin struggles to connect with her mother who became pregnant with her while working as a prostitute on a segregated American military base in Korea This is the crux of the Book of Dead Birds by Gayle Brandeis While it sounds sensationalistic it isn’t The book has been hailed by Barbara Kingsolver Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston and is an admitted work of fiction To boot the author didn’t change her life story to sell copies of it She’s neither black nor Korean with no ties to the sex trade Brandeis was simply inspired to write the novel after watching a documentary on the plight of Korean prostitutes on American military bases Unlike the books written by authors who embellish their life stories to garner press and thus sales the Book of Dead Birds isn’t filled with graphic details of the sex trade or any other underworld Because of this the Korean prostitute character isn’t further exploited Overall the Book of Dead Birds is a uiet lyrical novel that chooses not to pelt readers with a laundry list of its characters’ sufferings Instead the novel rewards readers by exploring the healing process not only of protagonist Ava Sing Lo but of the birds she aids on the Salton Sea where thousands of birds died from exposure to agricultural run off Initially Brandeis said that she felt uncomfortable writing about characters with backgrounds so different from hers Compare this to writers such as Margaret Seltzer and Nasdijj who were willing to claim membership to ethnic minority groups they didn’t belong to just to capitalize on their appeal Because the two main characters Brandeis dreamed up simply wouldn’t drift from her consciousness the author ultimately dove into their tales choosing to use her imagination conduct research and consult a wide network of people to craft an authentic narrative The Book of Dead Birds went on to win Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction which supports socially responsible literature While Gayle Brandeis is certainly not a household name she’s proof that a uiet tale can be dignified than the fantastic grisly ones that seem to be all the rage as of late

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The Book of Dead BirdsSband uickly abandoned her and she was left to fend for herself and her daughter in a foreign countryWith great beauty and lyricism The Book of Dead Birds captures a young woman's struggle to come to terms with her mother's terrible past while she searches for her own place in the world. Loved this book I love birds and already knew about the Salton Sea so the setting and title intrigued me I truly enjoyed the framing of the chapters with Omma's entries in her book of dead birds Some of them just made me laugh at poor Ava's misfortunes with her mother's birds and others made me cry for the lonely and difficult lives of both Omma and Ava As the story unfolds Ava's bird dreams are added to the journal entries marking changes of chapters and storylines Winner of the Bellwhether prize and deservedly so Beautifully written