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From the Publisher
“A gripping, tender, and unsettling look at mental illness... Poetic and understated, this nuanced work by Buchanan also addresses adult-child relationships, the legacy of family trauma, and the challenge of offering unconditional love...Complex and resonant.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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 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, what it is to feel lost.” -- Sophie Mackintosh ― author of The Water Cure
“The gifted Rowan Hisayo Buchanan follows her marvelous debut with Starling Days... portraying complex character and tangled interpersonal relations with striking maturity.” -- Financial Times
“An exquisite rendering of love, sadness, and misunderstanding...I want to share this book with everyone I know.” -- Spencer Quong ― Paris Review, most anticipated titles of 2020
“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
“Buchanan’s second novel tenderly explores mental illness, bisexuality, connection, love and loss. This is an original, poetic and striking literary triumph." -- Ms. Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- File size : 1820 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : April 7, 2020
- Print length : 301 pages
- Publisher : The Overlook Press (April 7, 2020)
- ASIN : B07WK7BKS6
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1419743597
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #296,170 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The main characters in this novel are tangible. Note that I didn't say likable. There were times I really thought Oscar was a jerk and Mina was the biggest fool. If anything, in my opinion, that's an argument for how real they felt. I wanted to shake them!
The book is more of a study on mental health and how it can complicate already complicated enough relationships. It wasn't an exciting plot, but I never wanted to put the book down either. It was very well written. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan uses language beautifully, definitely going above and beyond what was called for in the story. In fact, I highlighted in my Kindle app before I even -started- the story, in the dedication. I loved it. It perfectly sums it up. Let me share:
To everyone who struggles with black dogs or inner demons or any shape of sadness.
The settings of New York, Washington State, and London were all appropriate enough. Most of the real action occurred in our characters' minds, however, so the physical settings were neither here nor there.
This is a tough book to recommend. It won't be everyone's cup of tea. If you enjoy books that probe mental health and/or the complexities of relationships, it's for you.
Top reviews from other countries
I loved the author’s first book, and characteristically this was pitch perfect, with lovely language. For me it was about the time that comes after the wedding: what happens now?