The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed

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Read The Days When Birds Come Back Online Free - An emotionally searing novel of second chances from an author whose “gorgeous and wise prose” (Cheryl Strayed) will stay with you long after you’re done.

June is in transition, reeling from her divorce, trying to stay sober, and faced with a completely stalled career. She returns to the beautiful Oregon coast where she grew up, and must decide what to do with her late and much-loved grandparents’ charming cedar-shingled home, a place haunted by memories of her childhood.

Jameson comes highly recommended to renovate the old house to sell, and from their first contact, his curiosity is piqued by June. He too is unmoored as he struggles to redefine his marriage in the aftermath of tragic loss, and over the course of the summer, his conversations with June about the house quickly turn to the personal — of secrets hidden in walls and of stories from the past half-told. Sensing connection, June and Jameson can’t seem to stop circling each other, shying away from hurt. But what can the future hold as long as they are gripped so firmly by the past?

Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home.

Title : The Days When Birds Come Back
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ISBN : 0544817354
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Laura rated it ★★★★★

January 06, 2018

Though the story isn’t similar in nature, this reminded me of Bridges of Madison County (a favorite of mine). The sense of love & loss was so heartfelt. I actually hugged this to my chest when I finished with a deep satisfied sigh. Thanks to the author & publisher for this early copy:)

Heidi rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2017

The Days When Birds Come Back is a line from a melancholic poem by Emily Dickinson, written in seclusion and dealing with people’s emotions and the changing seasons. It is a fitting title for this bittersweet tale of two people scarred by loss, whose chance meeting prompts them to reflect on the...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2018

4.5 gorgeous melancholy tragedy leads to connection, understanding, support, belonging

Mary rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2017

This is a beautifully written book—exquisite in its sense of place and understanding of the flaws in human nature. Both the title and initial poetry reference refer to Emily Dickinson’s poem “Indian Summer” which speaks of the birds coming back to “take a backward look.” Indeed, this is exactly w...

Hillary rated it ★★★★★

February 04, 2018

THE DAYS WHEN BIRDS COME BACK burns slowly and brightly, its characters fully formed and fully human, caught at the precise moment when their lives change. Told in chapters that alternate between the two main characters, the book shifts between two intertwined stories of loss. June is reeling aft...

Holly rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

Do yourself a favor, put this on the top of the stack next to your bed. Quiet, beautiful, haunting . . . you'll stay awake to finish this book.

Mary rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

So much of life happens in the gray area between choice and chance. Sometimes, a book comes to us at the perfect moment, striking chords that resonate with our most pressing hopes and fear. This aspect of our shared existence isn’t lost on author Deborah Reed, whose spellbinding novel shows the w...

Tabitha rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2018

What happens after everything has happened? This is where Deborah Reed introduces us to June and Jameson, characters who both have a deep, painful connection with the Oregon Coast. They must both, by necessity of survival, push through their individual grief in separate losses that serendipitous...

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

February 02, 2018

There are books that tell you stories. They hold you in suspense, reveal secrets and take you down convoluted paths. There are books that develop characters you care about. Then there are those rare books, like The Days When the Birds come back, that bring something beautiful and special. The wor...

Sharon rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2018

I'm a big fan of Deborah Reed's novels and I was lucky enough to read this one early. Two of my favorite things about her work are in evidence here: beautiful language (rich, elegant, musical) and a window into the characters' consciousness and emotions that feels so specific and idiosyncratic an...

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