A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington

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Read A Catalog of Birds Online Free - Laura Harrington's new novel is a portrait of a family in the midst of recovery, the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, and of a brother and sister whose love of the natural world just might save their lives.

Set in 1970, a watershed moment in American History, A Catalog of Birds tells the story of the Flynn family and the devastating impact of the Vietnam War. At the heart of the novel is the relationship between siblings Nell and Billy Flynn. Nell excels academically and is headed to college and a career in science. Billy, a passionate artist, enlists as a pilot to fulfill his lifelong dream of flying. He is the only survivor when his helicopter is shot down. When he returns home his wounds limit his ability to sketch or even hold a pencil. As Billy struggles to regain the life he once had, Nell and their family will have to do all that's possible to save him.

Lyrical and affecting, Laura Harrington has written an artful family drama about innocence lost and wounds that may never be healed. This is a tale of forgiveness: of ourselves, of those we love best. Illuminated by grief and desire, the novel is full of spirit, wonder and the possibilities of the future.

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ISBN : 1609454030
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 259 pages


Jill rated it ★★★★★

January 18, 2018

I came of age in the shadow of the Vietnam War. It has taken years — decades — for this country to come to terms with how this unauthorized war destroyed the promising lives of young men who fought in it. And still, we persist in the folly of sacrificing our youth. Laura Harrington, in poetic and...

Liza rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2017

If you've missed adding this to your TBR list, please check out this novel. It's on my top reads list for 2017! Second read: Wow. This novel!!! I fell in love with the characters and, oh my goodness, I'm warning you now they're unforgettable. Billy Flynn and his sister Nell, their parents, siblings...

Lynne rated it ★★★★★

July 13, 2017

This is a magnificent second novel to follow and expand the themes first explored in Laura Harrington's brilliant debut, ALICE BLISS. Read A CATALOG OF BIRDS to become a member of the big Irish-Catholic family struggling with the overwhelming impact of the war in Vietnam on their badly-injured re...

Christian rated it ★★★★☆

March 10, 2017

Set in upstate NY during the early 1970s with the Vietnam War as a backdrop and the anti-war protests that happened here, I felt a connection to this book as a New Yorker. More so, the novel resonated with me as an American. Billy Flynn, the only son of the Flynn family, returns home from Vietnam...

Siobhan rated it ★★★★★

May 21, 2017

Laura Harrington’s lyrical and unforgettable Catalog of Birds examines the hard questions of what makes a life worth living. A talented artist returns from Vietnam so badly wounded that, after countless surgeries and months of physical training, he can hardly hold a pencil. Meanwhile, the trouble...

Bonnie rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

I grew into adulthood at the height of the Vietnam war. This novel took me back to that time and the issues faced by soldiers returning from the war only to be met with anti-war protestors and a government that still didn't understand Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. As veterans tried to deal with...

Stephen rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2017

The most lyrical and lovely war story I've read, this novel concerns a young man's return from Vietnam, largely told from the perspective of his younger sister. The plot is linear and it's not a happy tale, but the landscape is glorious and the description of small town life is evocative. Also, e...

Randy rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2017

Laura Harrington manages to write down to the very bone in A Catalog of Birds. Weaving the familial with the political with expertise and heart, Harrington shines a light on the ways that battles of war scar everyone connected to our soldiers, cutting back the dreams of those who serve and those...

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2017

In prose as riveting as it is sensitive, Harrington brings the natural world and the human one into focus. This story is unforgettable. Highly, highly recommend!

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2017

Highly recommend this book! So many important issues — war, nature, loss — addressed in such beautiful prose. Harrington's characters come to life; I didn't want the novel to end. It’s poignant and sad, but also full of love and beauty.

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