MORAN PRESS PRESENTS BOOK OF BIRDS THE DEBUT NOVEL BY L. M. BRYSKI
"I don't advise losing your parents when you're young."
Thus begins the debut novel by L. M. Bryski, Book of Birds, from Moran Press.
This powerful (and at times humorous) coming of age novel will take you on a journey back in time - set in post-war Canada in the 1940s, Book of Birds tells the story of Elly McGuinty and her younger sister Dot, newly orphaned as the book opens.
Still grieving the loss of her parents, Elly chafes at the responsibility of helping care for Dot and struggles to find a place for herself in her new life. When a travelling circus comes to town, Elly’s desire for new experiences leads her, Dot, and new friend Stammer - a shy boy mocked for his halting voice - down a path where lives are altered forever.
When I first read the Book of Birds manuscript, I was impressed with the strong voice of the main character, Elly. That powerful voice carries the reader through a set of adventures that propel the book. As a reader, I found myself turning the pages without thought to time.
Bryski's writing is effortless it seems, taking the reader through a intense narrative that could easily go off the track into maudlin in the hands of a lesser writer. In Book of Birds, Bryski balances scenes with emotional punch and humorous aside with equal aplomb.
I knew from the first day I read the manuscript of Book of Birds that I wanted to publish the novel. That day has arrived and I couldn't be prouder to share the latest release from Moran Press.