All the Little Bird-Hearts


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Algonquin Books
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5.07 X 8.02 X 0.63 inches | 0.53 pounds

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About the Author

Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow received a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Kent and has extensive personal, professional, and academic experience relating to autism. Like her protagonist, Sunday Forrester, in All the Little Bird-Hearts, Viktoria is autistic. She has presented her doctoral research internationally, most recently speaking at Harvard University on autism and literary narrative. Viktoria lives with her husband and children on the coast of north-east Kent. This is her first novel.


"A poetic debut which masterfully intertwines themes of familial love, friendship, class, prejudice and trauma with psychological acuity and wit." --The Booker Prize Judges 2023
"A novel both delicate and strong, illuminating the disturbing and the extraordinary to be found in the every day. Sunday is a beguiling and beguiled narrator, and her story an examination of the disjunction between humans' private and public selves. I loved it."
--Maggie O'Farrell, National Book Critics Circle winner and New York Times bestselling author of Hamnet and The Marriage Portrait
"What a glorious, unforgettable character Vita is. And I loved Sunday's voice too, so unique, right from the off. It showed me things about autism that will stay with me. A genuinely valuable book, but more importantly I enjoyed being inside its world."
--Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley
"Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow's is a distinct and poetic new voice. This novel about the complex desires behind our closest relationships is undercut with the darkness of Sicilian folklore: the fisherman who promises away his child; the lover who is a wolf; a caged magpie; burning fields."
--Clare Pollard, poet and author of Delphi
"Funny, lyrical, deft and devastating. Full of longing and love."
--Amy Sackville, author of Painter to the King
"Observations land with the startling yet welcome snap of good standup comedy. . .The result is a tightly focused story, set almost entirely in two neighboring houses on a quiet street, that's also a gleeful skewering of social codes, a raw portrait of family life and a revealing account of neurodivergence. Sunday may shy away from attention, but Lloyd-Barlow makes her wary, vigilant and poetic voice the star in a mesmerizing debut."
--The Guardian

--The Guardian
Five Stars."Superb. Wonderful. All the Little Bird-Hearts is a beautiful, bittersweet debut...sharply evocative of both motherhood and how British society treats people with disabilities. Throughout the novel, Lloyd-Barlow's prose sings, and has real acuteness of observation." --The Telegraph
"Lloyd-Barlow... succeeds in creating a tempest in a very small, provincial teapot... Lloyd-Barlow's narrator is... an effective, thoroughly human character in a thoughtful book."--Kirkus Review
"Lloyd-Barlow's portrayal of Sunday's contentment and confusions makes for a deeply humanizing representation of autism, and her prose is arrestingly sharp. This auspicious debut brims with quiet tragedies and lush emotional landscapes."--Publishers Weekly
"A motherhood story unlike any other, Lloyd-Barlow's 2023 Booker Prize-longlisted debut novel is a heartfelt, firsthand account of a neurodivergent mother's experiences of love, pain, and loss in a world that requires constant translation... an engrossing page-turner."--Booklist
"[A] tender debut novel."--Washington Post