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Fauna Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; First Edition edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307357899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307357892
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,798,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rich and strange and deeply satisfying. Whether she’s adopting the voice of a homeless teen, a yuppy vet, or a famished coyote, York writes with a spare, unsentimental fluency that connects strangers, enemies, species. Fauna reminds us of the life that swoops and slithers and lopes and pounces all around us, even in the most urban of worlds; a wild life we share and ignore at our peril.” —Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean
 
Fauna is the sort of rare novel that can change the way you see your world. Its cast of misfits and dreamers is united by their visceral connection to the forgotten animals surviving in the green patches of our big cities. This book is beautiful, unusual and memorable. And Alissa York is a daring and original talent.” —Jim Lynch, author of Border Songs

“Layered with astonishing detail, with every location vividly evoked and every action a visceral experience.”
The Globe and Mail
 
“One of the novel’s strengths is the way York turns her gaze from the human world to the world of Toronto’s skunks, coyotes, raccoons and squirrels. . . . Even as she brings animals to life with her writing, she is clear about the terrible toll taken by everything from cars, to skyscraper windows, to live electrical wires.”
Winnipeg Free Press
 
“Lyrical. . . . Fauna is well crafted, morally serious and even noble in its sensitivity.”
Toronto Star
 
“An extraordinary novel. . . . daring and exceptional.”
Quill & Quire (starred review)
 
“A tender and beautiful novel.”
NOW (Toronto)

About the Author

Alissa York’s fiction has won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award, and has been published in Canada, the U.S., France, Holland and Italy. Her most recent novel, Effigy, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jd103 on April 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a simple pleasure for anyone interested in the wildlife featured in the book. This is not a book with talking animals although the human characters in the book spent lots of time reading books such as Watership Down and The Jungle Book, and one of the characters is named after an otter.

This is a book about the real wildlife of a city and people for whom they are important. Some of the people try to help by rescuing injured birds, rehabbing a red-tailed hawk and orphan raccoons (I've done the latter myself so I especially enjoyed the pages mentioning their noise and bottle-feeding them). One of the characters cares about a mouse living in her apartment, and ironically just after I started this review, I had to stop writing to look for one which ran across my dorm room.

On the other side is a character who wants to eliminate coyotes, and things can get a bit gruesome in his portion of the story.

The human aspect of the story involves the small group of animal lovers gradually getting to know each other and bonding as a small alternative family/community. This is not timeless literature, but a fine story of compassion.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra Taylor on January 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
an excellent, fast read. a great book, especially for those of us who know toronto. provides good topics for bookclub discussion. well done miss york. i will now read your previous book «effigy».
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