Paint the Bird by Georgeann Packard audiobook

Paint the Bird

By Georgeann Packard
Read by Robin Miles and Kirby Heyborne

Blackstone Publishing 9781579623173
7.55 Hours Unabridged
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TheReverend Sarah Obadias is broken, bitter, and stripped of the reassurance offaith when she walks into a West Village restaurant in Manhattan. Here sheencounters Abraham Darby, a rumpled but well-regarded painter who seduces theminister into his life of excess and emotional intensity. “I’ve run away frommy life,” Sarah tells him. “I know,” Darby replies. “Take mine.” But for Sarah,each day with the artist will bring a new reality—or lack of it. Dancingthrough the novel is the mystical Yago, the gay son of Darby and the CostaRican painter Alejandra Morales Díaz. But Alejandra’s appearance furtherdiscomposes Sarah, and Yago provides no calm or clarity when she encountershim: “Somehow he has transported her to an unfamiliar state of mindlesseroticism. Finally she draws closer to Yago, intending to caress him in somehorrible mix of mothering and lust.” Bloodlinesbecome squiggled and unreliable as the novel explores the ever-changingrelationship between fathers and sons and what constitutes a family. Throughout,one question lingers: What really did happen when a small boy was swallowed bythe sea? Laced with humor anda linguistic vibrancy, this tale of converging fates becomes a contemplation offaith, faithfulness, and the sticky, often unpleasant and frightening nature ofspiritual and emotional growth.

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Summary

Summary

TheReverend Sarah Obadias is broken, bitter, and stripped of the reassurance offaith when she walks into a West Village restaurant in Manhattan. Here sheencounters Abraham Darby, a rumpled but well-regarded painter who seduces theminister into his life of excess and emotional intensity. “I’ve run away frommy life,” Sarah tells him. “I know,” Darby replies. “Take mine.” But for Sarah,each day with the artist will bring a new reality—or lack of it.

Dancingthrough the novel is the mystical Yago, the gay son of Darby and the CostaRican painter Alejandra Morales Díaz. But Alejandra’s appearance furtherdiscomposes Sarah, and Yago provides no calm or clarity when she encountershim: “Somehow he has transported her to an unfamiliar state of mindlesseroticism. Finally she draws closer to Yago, intending to caress him in somehorrible mix of mothering and lust.”

Bloodlinesbecome squiggled and unreliable as the novel explores the ever-changingrelationship between fathers and sons and what constitutes a family. Throughout,one question lingers: What really did happen when a small boy was swallowed bythe sea?

Laced with humor anda linguistic vibrancy, this tale of converging fates becomes a contemplation offaith, faithfulness, and the sticky, often unpleasant and frightening nature ofspiritual and emotional growth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Highlighting a unique intersection of the gay, artistic, and religious communities, Packard challenges readers to look closely at their beliefs about death, sexuality, and the constructs of family. Rich descriptions of art and overt sensuality lend beauty to this provocative story of loss and hope.” Booklist
“The story reads like a prose poem—emotional significance comes across in the sparsely told daily machinations of the lives of a few intentionally but tenuously connected New Yorkers…Packard weaves a dreamy yet well-paced narrative with richly developed characters who gradually come to discover that life is always going on—whether they’re watching or not.” Publishers Weekly
“Beginning to end, the novel is a deeply poetic meditation ‘about life, about trust. About God. About death’ Brilliantly imagined and rendered.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Georgeann Packard

Author Bio: Georgeann Packard

Georgeann Packard is a writer, graphic designer, and photographer. She also designs and installs gardens on Long Island’s North Fork, where she lives with her family. Her first novel, Fall Asleep Forgetting, was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards in 2010.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English