Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan audiobook

Starling Days: A Novel

By Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
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The moving new novel by the author of Harmless Like You, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and NPR Great Read On their first date, Mina told Oscar that she was bisexual, vegetarian, and on meds. He married her anyhow. A challenge to be met. She had low days, sure, but manageable. But now, maybe not so much … Mina is standing on the George Washington Bridge late at night, staring over the edge, when a patrol car drives up. She tries to convince the policeman she’s not about to jump, but he doesn’t believe her. Oscar is called to pick her up. With the idea of leaving New York for London—a place for Mina “to learn the floor-plan of this sadness”—Oscar arranges a move. In London, Mina, a classicist, tries grappling with her mental health issues by making lists of women who survived: Penelope, Psyche, Leda, Iphigenia, but only in one of the tellings. Of things that make her happy: enamel coffee cups. But what else? She at last finds a beam of light in Phoebe, and friendship and attraction blossom until Oscar and Mina’s complicated love is tested. A gorgeously wrought novel, variously about love, mythology, mental illness, Japanese beer, and the times we need to seek out milder psychological climates, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Starling Days—written in exquisite prose rich with lightly ironic empathy—is a complex and compelling work of fiction by a singularly gifted young writer.

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Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for Best Novel

An Oprah Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Month

A Millions.com Pick of the Month

A Paris Review Selection of Most Anticipated Titles of 2020

The moving new novel by the author of Harmless Like You, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and NPR Great Read

On their first date, Mina told Oscar that she was bisexual, vegetarian, and on meds. He married her anyhow. A challenge to be met. She had low days, sure, but manageable. But now, maybe not so much … Mina is standing on the George Washington Bridge late at night, staring over the edge, when a patrol car drives up. She tries to convince the policeman she’s not about to jump, but he doesn’t believe her. Oscar is called to pick her up.

With the idea of leaving New York for London—a place for Mina “to learn the floor-plan of this sadness”—Oscar arranges a move. In London, Mina, a classicist, tries grappling with her mental health issues by making lists of women who survived: Penelope, Psyche, Leda, Iphigenia, but only in one of the tellings. Of things that make her happy: enamel coffee cups. But what else? She at last finds a beam of light in Phoebe, and friendship and attraction blossom until Oscar and Mina’s complicated love is tested.

A gorgeously wrought novel, variously about love, mythology, mental illness, Japanese beer, and the times we need to seek out milder psychological climates, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Starling Days—written in exquisite prose rich with lightly ironic empathy—is a complex and compelling work of fiction by a singularly gifted young writer.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Everyone could use a change of scenery—and nobody more than Oscar and Mina, a married couple who leave New York for London after Mina’s second suicide attempt. But a trek across the pond can’t keep some old baggage away.” Entertainment Weekly
“Tenderly explores mental illness, bisexuality, connection, love, and loss. This is an original, poetic. and striking literary triumph.” Ms. Magazine
“Unravelling the truth is one of the considerable pleasures of this beautifully written novel.” The Spectator (London)
“Portraying complex character and tangled interpersonal relations with striking maturity.” Financial Times (London)
“An exquisite rendering of love, sadness, and misunderstanding…I want to share this book with everyone I know.” Paris Review
“A must for anyone who’s struggled with depression or loves someone who does.” The Stylist
“A gripping, tender, and unsettling look at mental illness. Mina’s impulsiveness and obsessive behaviors, seemingly illogical, are sympathetically drawn…This nuanced work by Buchanan also addresses adult-child relationships, the legacy of family trauma, and the challenge of offering unconditional love.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Buchanan sharply observes the confusing sensations of depression…A worthy, nuanced portrait of a woman’s struggle for self-determination amid mental illness.” Publishers Weekly
“Buchanan’s newest presents another self-absorbed cast made memorably affecting by real-life challenges.” Booklist
Starling Days is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Both quiet and scorching, this is a story about mental health, desire, and the myriad mythologies we both build and destroy. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan has offered us another supreme gift of a novel, a rare opportunity to love and forgive our darkest and most shimmering selves.” T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
Starling Days is a beautiful and profoundly moving ‘floor plan’ of what it means to live with depression and dailiness, love and death, solitude and connection.” Elaine Castillo, author of America Is Not the Heart
“A singular novel from the poetic and painterly mind of Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.” Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
“A quiet triumph—tenderly and disarmingly exploring the responsibility of love, loneliness, and what it is to feel lost.” Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

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Author

Author Bio: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Author Bio: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is an American and British author whose first novel, Harmless Like You, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an NPR Great Read selection, and winner of the Author’s Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. She earned a BA degree from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and received an Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins Fellowship.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English