A Bird's Eye
Imprint: House of Anansi / Format: Hardcover / publication date: August 2013 / 183 pages / ISBN: 978-1-77089310-8 / Price: $19.95
Growing up in a Jewish neighbourhood in the 1930s in Toronto, young Benjamin Kleeman falls in love, first with Corrine Foster and then with magic.
Hiding his new passions from his parents the long-suffering Bella, an Italian immigrant, and Jacob, a talented but failed inventor of elaborate mechanical devices Benjamin begins apprenticeships in magic and life itself, learning along the way that things are often more complicated than they seem.
With tenderness, humour, and wonder, Cary Fagan brings a gifted young man's rise to a peculiar kind of stardom, wonderfully alive.
“Fagan does a fabulous job of bringing the city to life. Pure and utter magic.”
“A tiny gem, entertaining, funny and scrumptiously written.”
“Cary Fagan's tender new novel looks like a small book, but do not be deceived. It is impossibly rich ... big enough for me to get completely lost in inside. Fagan's prose is as sweet and brusque as a first kiss. A Bird's Eye consumed me.”
Globe & Mail
“A captivating coming-of-age story. Lovingly rendered ... his finest book yet.”
Canadian Jewish News
“A strong setting, imaginative characterization, and a captivating narrative voice ... moving, satisfying.” Quill & Quire
“Refreshing. The pages get turned faster and faster.” Winnipeg Free Press
“Characters like Hannah, Benjamin's unmarried aunt, who feels like a prisoner in the new world and longs to return to Eastern Europe, and his Uncle Hayim, a Duddy Kravitz eye-on-the-main-chance type, give the novel its richness, its layers of grown-up complexity. A Bird's Eye is written exactly to the scale it should be.”