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Publisher Description

Monkey Beach meets Green Grass, Running Water meets The Beachcombers in this wise and funny novel by a debut Cree author

Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected.

With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.

Fiction & Literature
May 26
HarperCollins Publishers
Harper Collins Canada Limited

Customer Reviews

Julelearnsguitarandukie ,


This book takes you on a painful life journey with Beatrice; her path broke my heart and tore at my soul. But gently, ever so slowly, as her healing begins, it enfolded me in the love, strength and supportive presence of womanhood. Written with heartfelt honesty and faith in the goodness inside us all. I was sorry when this tale was over and I had to let go of my new found sisterhood.
A good read. Thank you.

Gudeh ,

A powerful read

It took a little while to get into this book, but as I got to know the characters the story gripped me with its strength and love. It is a brave story, digging deep into the emotions, strength, culture and love of a family of Cree women.

Aminashakur ,

Birdie showed us how tangible trauma is and healing can happen.

A beautiful story. I am in awe of how the author has made trauma tangible. A must read . May the world heal and may we heal.

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