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Jamrach's Menagerie

A Novel

By Carol Birch

Jamrach's Menagerie
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2011,
    304 pages.
    Paperback: Jun 2012,
    304 pages.

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Novel: A magical whaling expedition set in the 19th century

With 17 out of 21 reviewers rating it 4 or 5 stars, Jamrach's Menagerie was very well received by most BookBrowse readers!

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I love love love this book! (Linda R). It is a wonderful novel written in beautiful, lyrical prose with a compelling story that has everything: love, deep friendship, and thrilling adventure (Alison W). It reads like an autobiography, the author is that convincing in her portrayal of Jaffy's odyssey. I will definitely be watching for other books by Ms. Birch (Steve B).

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This is a book of the senses. We hear, taste, feel, and especially smell Jaffy's unpasteurized life (Paula W). Told in the first-person, his story is of a life filled with wonder, exquisite joy, unbridled excitement, terror, brutal horror, survival, great sadness, love, and acceptance. I found myself totally and unabashedly ...

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