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Deep in a Northern Ontario forest live Tom and Charlie, two octogenarians determined to live out the rest of their lives on their own terms: free of all ties and responsibilities, their only connection to civilization two pot farmers who bring them whatever they can't eke out for themselves. But their solitude is disrupted by the arrival of two women. The first is a photographer searching for survivors of a series of catastrophic fires nearly a century earlier; the second is an elderly escapee from a psychiatric institution. The little hideaway in the woods will never be the same. Originally published in French, And the Birds Rained Down, the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, is a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.

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And the Birds Rained Down
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A Comfortable Read
January 23rd, 2015
I read this book because it's one of the final five for Canada Reads 2015. It felt a lot like I was reading a true story, with history woven in with fiction. Real events and familiar places help give the characters a depth not experienced in some novels.
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