Bird … captures a realm full of unexplained wonders, tenacious love, and tragedies for which there is no prevention and only limited recovery.
Publishers Weekly

Available April 1, 1991

The Bluebird Café

Fiction by Carmel Bird

The world of Australian writer Carmel Bird is one in which no hard line is drawn between everyday reality and unvarnished fantasy. Her new novel, The Bluebird Café, is a delectable concoction. In the brew are an Historic Museum Village (a Tasmanian Disneyland under an enormous glass dome), a verdant horizontal forest, the mysterious disappearance of midget child Lovelygod, anorexic teenager and later famous writer Virginia O’Day who pens letters to long-deceased Charles Dickens, a Japanese student’s research paper, recipes for Heavenly Tart and Cherry Ripe Slices, information about aborigines and thylacenes. Ms. Bird describes her books as being in some sense a meditation on extinction––of races of people, species of animals and plants, language meanings, the human spirit. Equally it is a celebration of the hope that continues to burn in human hearts, of delight and wonder that still abound.

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Paperback (published April 1, 1991)

ISBN
9780811211550
Price US
10.95

Clothbound (published April 1, 1991)

ISBN
9780811211567
Price US
19.95
Page Count
192

Carmel Bird

Tasmanian-born Australian novelist and short story writer

Bird … captures a realm full of unexplained wonders, tenacious love, and tragedies for which there is no prevention and only limited recovery.
Publishers Weekly