Go Away Birds

Skye is looking for normal. She grew up different and it rankles. Home isn’t normal; her mom isn’t normal. Her brother, beloved as he is, isn’t quite normal, either. Her marriage was kind of normal (Cam is a wealthy, handsome man who’s nice enough) and now it’s a dumpster fire. And look at South Africa—entirely NOT normal.

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R260.00

DATE

2021

GENRE

Fiction
i

PAGES

280

ISBN

978-1-928433-05-7

Go Away Birds

Skye is looking for normal. She grew up different and it rankles. Home isn’t normal; her mom isn’t normal. Her brother, beloved as he is, isn’t quite normal, either. Her marriage was kind of normal (Cam is a wealthy, handsome man who’s nice enough) and now it’s a dumpster fire. And look at South Africa—entirely NOT normal.

She’s got PTSD and she’s in mourning. She doesn’t know who she is or what she wants.

She tries to anchor herself to tangible things: to her cooking, to her neighbour’s children, to sex. But as she relives her past and tries to plan her future, she feels increasingly dislocated. Skye escapes when things get overwhelming, and realises almost too late that she’s about to make everything worse.

Michelle Edwards

Michelle Edwards obtained a Bachelor of Journalism from Rhodes University in 2005. She has lived in Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Zambia, and is now living in South Africa with her husband and two children. Go Away Birds is her first novel, which was long-listed for the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award in 2018.

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Praise

“This finely observed novel is about connections – the kind we make in person and the kind that bind us to our past. It is about the power of personal responsibility to navigate both of these. It absorbed me deeply. I couldn’t put it down.” Fiona Snyckers

“I read Go Away Birds in one greedy gulp. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate the carefully nuanced writing and the sensitivity Michelle Edwards brings to the conflict we deal with in our personal lives, and our political and social ones too. Who really knows what goes on behind the closed doors of neighbours and friends? Who knows what we tell ourselves, simply to keep on going? With conflict comes tension, the bizarre, the revelatory. Michelle Edwards juggles all of this, and so much more, in one glorious, messy and very human story.” Máire Fisher

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