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The Days When Birds Come Back

by Deborah Reed

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The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed
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    Jan 9, 2018
    272 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Mary H. (Ocala, FL)

A Jewel of a Novel
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 what the two main characters do to try to understand how they came to places of such sorrow and dysfunction in their present lives.

The author unfolds the novel by moving back and forth in time. As we get to know June and Jameson in the present, their backstories are released bit by bit until the reader is shown the entire picture. This is a tale about how people become broken and how they get through the arduous process of healing. It is one of the most beautifully crafted novels I have read in a long time.
Barbara H. (Thomasville, GA)

A tale of grief and life...
We all handle grief differently and we all get beyond it differently - although some of us may take longer or may never get beyond our grief. Thus Emily Dickinson's opening epigraph in this lovely new book by Deborah Reed: These are the days when birds come back, A very few, a bird or two. To take a look.....

Even though this book is so filled with the sorrow of the characters it is also filled with so much life. The vivid detailing in the landscape surroundings is as soulful and beautiful as the main characters - June and Jameson. I only wished for more development on June's father to better understand what occurred and why - but considering June was only seven when she lost him, it was apparently as foggy for her as for the reader. I could not put this book down and relished every page.

A wonderful read!
Sara P. (Longview, WA)

The Days When Birds Come Back
This is a story of two people who have suffered tremendous loss. June comes home to the Oregon coast where she grew up after her divorce, and decides to stop drinking. Her project is to fix up her grandparent's house. It has been empty and neglected for a couple of years and needs a lot of work. She hires a contractor who works by himself and has been recommended by a local resident. They both work on their individual problems in the midst of a beautiful place; skillfully described by the author. I think that it is a good portrait of two individuals working out some serious problems, and finally being able to come together to help and love each other.
Power Reviewer Doris K. (Angora, MN)

The Days When Birds Come Back
I had a hard time writing this review as it is a beautifully written book. The descriptions of people and places are done so well the reader can really picture them. However it was a depressing book to read, one calamity after another and people who had a hard time relating to each other or themselves.

What I found fascinating were the hints of a previous happening making me want to know more about the background. This kept me continuing to read, truly a book "hard to put down". A book club would have a good time discussing this book. I definitely will read another book by Deborah Reed and hope it's not quite so unhappy.
Gail K. (Saratoga Springs, NY)

A Satisfying Read
The paths of two souls, damaged by life, cross, and neither person will ever be the same again. Once I began the story of Jameson and June, I found it difficult to put down. I loved the setting in the Pacific Northwest, a part of our country as unfamiliar to me as Timbuktu; I appreciated the painstaking development of the main characters, whose stories unfolded at just the right pace; and the revelation of their back stories, one bit at a time, kept me reading to discover what had led them to the point where their lives intersected. There were a couple of places where I thought the plot twists were a bit too convenient, but I am a forgiving reader and gladly overlooked those spots in the cause of furthering the story. I will recommend this novel to my book group and assorted other friends as a quick, satisfying read.

the day when birds come home.......
I felt the language and writing was superb...but felt that in some ways that took away from the storyline...the depth of feelings was there, but the connections were too weak for me.
Claire M. (Wrentham, MA)

The Eternal Return
This is a novel of deep interiority. The characters June and Jameson are avoiding their past and have a detached relationship with their present reality. Trauma can do that. A fog of gloom hangs like the grayness of the Pacific Northwest that permeates the senses of the characters, described in lush prose by author Reed. Readers with a regional interest will particularly relate to the environmental influence exerted over the story. Those who find inspiration in novels of redemption will appreciate June and Jameson's move at an achingly slow pace from guilt and grief to an uncertain yet hopeful future.
Freya H. (Towanda, PA)

The Days When Birds Come Back
The characters didn't interest me as much as the descriptions of the Pacific Northwest and the home renovations. Wouldn't it be lovely to find someone like Jameson who took such pride in his work, and fulfilled his obligations with the care of a true craftsman. I found June to be rather annoying in spite of feeling sympathy for the circumstances of her early life. It was an okay read, but
couldn't get truly invested in the story or the characters.
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