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The Blackbird’s Song

by Pauline Holdstock

Blackbird's Song, The

Price: $21.95


Publication Date: November 30, 2005



It is June 1900. The Boxer slogan, “Exterminate the Foreigner”, haunts Emily, William and Martha as they flee for their lives, victims already of their own private obsessions, their faith shaken when they need it most, with only one another to count on for survival.

Holdstock’s skillful and intriguing use of flashbacks and shifting focus, and her extraordinary evocation of character and atmosphere, provide the reader with an inspired insight into what differentiates the East from the West.

ISBN: 9781896951881

Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"


FIC019000 FICTION / Literary

FIC014000 FICTION / Historical

FIC037000 FICTION / Political

Shortlisted, 1988 Books in Canada First Novel Award


“What stays with the reader is the evocative beauty of Holdstock’s prose, her skill at detailing gesture, mood and perception, her gift for creating characters whose relationships are dramatic rather than static.”

Books in Canada


“Brilliant … examines questions of faith, meaning and power; her investigation of these issues is profound and beautifully paced, so that despite the intensity of the subject, the momentum of the narratve never falters, the evocation of place and time having an almost cinematic immediacy.”
The Times

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