Bird Summons

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Grove Press, Black Cat
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5.1 X 8.1 X 1.3 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
LEILA ABOULELA was born in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She has written four other novels: The Translator, Minaret, and Lyrics Alley, all of which were longlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Kindness of Enemies. Lyrics Alley won Novel of the Year at the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She was awarded the Caine Prize for her short story "The Museum," included in her collection Elsewhere, Home--winner of the Saltire Fiction Prize. She lives in Aberdeen.
Praise for Bird Summons
"[I]mpressive . . . Aboulela's novel is empathetic and insightful, offering a nuanced representation of the three characters through a blend of Islamic faith and Scottish folklore."--Publishers Weekly
"Tender, but unsentimental. . . rooted in everyday experience without forsaking the spiritual, told in effortlessly enjoyable style."--Daily Mail

"She's so good with women's interiority, and Muslim women's subjectivity... She gets beyond any cliché or type of the Muslim women."--BBC Radio

"A magic carpet ride into the forest of history and the lives of women. Playful, profound, and moving."--Lucy Ellman, author of Sweet Desserts and Mimi

"A Scottish-Arabic Canterbury Tales, a quest full of stories and surprises: a challenging storyteller's tour de force, uniting two radically different cultures with a handshake and a kiss."--Patricia Dunker, author of Hallucinating Foucault

"A wonderful book. I loved the beauty of its language and the subtle interweaving of myth with the spiritual and physical journeys of the women. I found it fascinating, powerful and profound."--Anne Donovan, Orange Prize-shortlisted author of Buddha Da

"Engaging and funny and rich in narrative suspense."--Abdulrazak Gurnah, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Paradise

"A heady blend of social realism, magic, Middle Eastern folktale and Celtic myth. Leila Aboulela's is a unique and refreshing voice in contemporary Scottish fiction."--James Robertson, author of The Testament of Gideon Mack