White Bird in a Blizzard by Laura Kasischke

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Laura Kasischke's first novel, SUSPICIOUS RIVER, was hailed as "extremely powerful" (The Los Angeles Times) and "amazing...beautifully written" (The Boston Globe). Now Kasischke follows up her auspicious debut with mesmerizing story of youthful passion and loss of innocence.

When Katrina Connors' mother walks out on her family, Kat is surprised but not shocked; the whole year she has been "becoming sixteen" - falling in love with the boy next door, shedding her babyfat, discovering sex - her mother has been slowly withdrawing. As Kat and her impassive father pick up the pieces of their daily lives, she finds herself curiously unaffected by her mother's absence. But in dreams that become too real to ignore, she's haunted by her mother's cries for help. Finally, she must act on her instinct that something violent and evil has occurred - a realization that brings Kat to a chilling discovery.

Like SUSPICIOUS RIVER, which The New Yorker described as "by turns terrifying and ravishingly lyrical," WHITE BIRD BLIZZARD evokes works of Kathryn Harrison and Joyce Carol Oates - and confirms Kasischke's arrival as a major literary talent.

 

About Laura Kasischke

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Laura Kasischke teaches creative writing in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Published January 13, 1999 by Hyperion. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nevertheless, Mom’s disappearance triggers a sense of enormous emptiness in Kat (—there are no adjectives for this lightness I feel, this whiteness—) that gets labeled “anxiety disorder,” parallels suburban Ohio’s emptiness itself, and takes her to a psychoanalyst, where—well, where the book’s tr...

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Readers who find similarities between Kat and Delores Price, the heroine of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone, will also see eerie similarities in Kat's tense relationship with her mother (both mothers have birds as pets, in one case a parakeet, in the other a canary;

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