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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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3.9 / 5
The title is so appropriate.
November 9th, 2015
The characters seem real even though so far removed from the life I know. Having travelled through Northern Ontario many times I feel like I have met people like some of the characters. The desire for such freedom and more unconventional lives was well portrayed by the author.
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And the Birds Rained Down
May 27th, 2015
While I felt the translation may have tarnished the original description, the plot developed nicely. The book touched my soul, giving me much to appreciate.
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And The Birds Rained Down
May 7th, 2015
Great read! Fun, but also highly informative in terms of historical facts. Characters certainly came to life.
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And the birds rained down
April 28th, 2015
I loved this book. It is beautifully written. I also learned more about the Great Fire,and realized I have been in every town that is mentioned in the book. When driving north to see relatives in Timmins and Iroquois Falls, and Ansonville, I have seenthePlaque mentioning the Great Fire. The story is just so easy to read it really should have won Canada Reads.
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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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