- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: River City Publishing (September 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579660304
- ISBN-13: 978-1579660307
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,879,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cloud Cuckoo Land Hardcover – September 15, 2002
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"...Cloud Cuckoo Land is remarkable for its scope, style, and wonderfully big heart." -- Bret Lott, author of Jewel, an Oprah's Book Club selection
"Cloud Cuckoo Land is an absolute original by a fresh new voice in fiction." -- contest judge Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides
"Lisa Borders has given readers a masterful first novel filled with characters we can sink our teeth and hearts into." -- Denise Gess, author of Firestorm at Peshtigo
"This redemptive story of a talented young woman's musical journey will make your heart sing." -- contest judge Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife
From the Publisher
Cloud Cuckoo Land was selected by Pat Conroy and Cassandra King as the winner of the Fred Bonnie Memorial Award for Best First Novel.
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when she was 10. In the small town of Prairie Rose, Miri's singing talent was discovered in the church choir. But when her grandmother died, Miri's world came crashing down. From there began her journey through foster families, homeless hangouts in Austin, and ultimately to Philadelphia's underground rock scene. Miri, now a homeless street musician, and Jamie, a gay, talented musician from a wealthy family, form a band, Cloud Cuckoo
Land. Miri still struggles to put her past behind her, to not repeat her mother's mistakes of fleeing when things get tough and mistaking sex for love. Ultimately, Miri's story is about making a life for herself and acquiring a family from her collection of friends.
Well-written, thought-provoking, a great read!
Some books seem to evoke their own soundtrack, and this is one of them, from an old Patsy Cline song heard from a passing Cadillac on a flat Texas highway to early REM drifting out of a diner at 5 a.m. on a grey, haunted Philadelphia morning.
Cloud Cuckoo Land is realistic fiction that isn't mundane. Like the mythical place recalled by its title, this beautifully written novel has a strange magic that can't really be defined; it's hard to categorize and just as hard to forget.
I feel that way again now about those of you who have yet to read Lisa Borders' Cloud Cuckoo Land. Miri (short for Miriam) Ortiz has everything you'd ever want in a protagonist. She's lovable, smart, flawed, authentic, and layered as an onion. Experiencing the twisting road she traverses, starting with her less-than- perfect childhood in Prairie Rose, Texas, means not only the discovery of unknown and resonant worlds (foster homes of varying degrees of heartbreak; street life, at turns shadowy and joyful; the Philadelphia music scene in the 1980s) but also an opportunity to know these worlds through Miri's compelling and wholly original viewpoint.
And then there's Borders' language. Oh. So often we read books that feel affected, too self-aware, "workshopped" to death. Borders' prose, on the other hand, is at turns skippingly light and hauntingly fragile. There are turns of phrase in these pages that make you have to run and tell somebody.
Maybe I should stop being jealous, though, because the best thing about Cloud Cuckoo Land might be the feeling the author leaves you with after the book is done. Even in the face of Miri's upheavals, Borders manages to uplift with a non-saccharine kind of hope. In scenes that hover and drift back into the mind long after the cover is closed, Borders restores one's faith in in the power of human connections -- wherever and however one finds them.