Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

A first novel that knows how to tell a story, concocting a voice that lures us. Perfect pitch is not reserved for musicians; some novelists have it, too. From the very first page of her very first book, Christie Watson proves she possesses it, creating a voice that tells a tale we can't put down. Narrated by a 12-year-old whose family life in Lagos is disrupted by passions, politics, and poverty, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away delivers a tale that is, in the words of one early reader, "both heart-wrenching and consoling," as only the most telling fiction can be.

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