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The Book of Dead Birds

The Book of Dead Birds

Author(s): Gayle Brandeis

Location(s): San Diego, The Salton Sea

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th Century



Hye-yang is a dutiful daughter in a Korean village where the women are ocean divers. But prostitution awaits her until an American takes her over to live in the States. Here she becomes Helen, and has a daughter – with her dark skin, Ava Sing Lo looks black, is half-Korean, and never feels comfortable with either identity. Somehow Ava inadvertantly kills birds, documented by her Mother and decides to compensate somehow by joining an action group at The Salton Sea, rescuing pelicans, and here she can begin to discover who she really is.

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The scenes particularly at The Salton Sea are rendered so well that, you can almost smell the fresh air and feel the crunch of the hard shore gravel. A real delight – ZH –

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