Brood

Jackie Polzin (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$24.00  $22.08
Publisher
Doubleday Books
Publish Date
March 09, 2021
Pages
240
Dimensions
5.25 X 7.75 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780385546751
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About the Author

JACKIE POLZIN lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and children. Brood is her first novel.

Reviews

"Wondrous...Her observation of the fragility and loveliness of daily life is so sharp and her commentary so droll, trenchant and precise, that the modest world she describes becomes almost numinous."
--Washington Post

"You will love this book...The voice is wry and rare...As with Sigrid Nunez or Jenny Offill, one feels that the narrator of Brood is very close to the author."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

Brood, which chronicles a year of grief subsumed through care, abounds in wit, charm, and the very mystery of being.
--Joy Williams, author of The Visiting Privilege

Darkly funny and poignant, Jackie Polzin's Brood, a novel about friendship, motherhood, grief, and chickens, is a witty delight.
--Paula Hawkins, author of Into The Water and The Girl on The Train

Oh, did I love this book and its magnificent cast of characters--human and avian alike. Brood is the most vibrant and compelling slice of life I've been privy to in a great while--it's generous, original, and witty, an absolute treasure of a novel.
--Claire Lombardo, bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had

I have never read a book like this one. So much is unsaid, and that is where the true beauty of this novel lies, between the lines, even as the lines themselves sing. Written with such delicacy, such elegance, the prose made me feel that the narrator has opened her heart to me, even as she withholds so much. This was a book about everything--joy and love and beauty and loss. Marriage and motherhood and friendship and grief. All brought to life through the story of a little backyard flock. I was surprised at every turn, moved to laughter and tears both--I could not put it down.
--Emily Ruskovich, author of Idaho

"This is the most wonderful book! Acutely observed and flawlessly conveyed. Completely original, full of surprise, humor, grief, and wisdom and just the right amount of chickens. I am hugely on board with Brood."
--Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

"A book about caretaking, about trauma and loss, about keeping others and one's self alive, with sentences so confident and exact they continually took my breath away, Brood is that rare book that lives inside of you long after it's over, that reminds you of the vast amounts of life that language is capable of conjuring."
--Lynn Steger Strong, author of Want

Witty and profound...Told in short vignettes studded with breath-catching wisdom, this novel feels both delicate and sustaining from beginning to end.
--Publishers Weekly

Calling to mind the cerebral works of Olivia Laing and Jenny Offill, Polzin's story has a quiet intensity that churns throughout. It's in the tension she builds within her narrator's isolated world, navigating the paradox of domestic intimacy, the comfort and terror it sows, and the unexpected shapes motherhood can take...A moving meditation on loss, solitude, and the hope that can rise from both.
--Kirkus Reviews