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The Bird Artist by Howard A. Norman April 4, 2011

Fabian Vas was first inspired to draw birds as a child, and his mother, pleased with his talent, encouraged him.  As Fabian grows up in Newfoundland in the early 1900s, he continues to draw and paint birds for pleasure and for a small profit selling his art to journals and magazines.  Fabian does not have many friends other than Margaret Handle, a girl two years older than him that his mother despises.  He and Margaret develop an intimate friendship in their teen years.  Little does Fabian know that his parents have different plans for him, a marriage to his fourth cousin, Cora.  When his father leaves for several months on a money-making expedition for the wedding, Fabian’s mother is overcome with temptation that will affect the future of the entire town.  The Vas’ formerly quiet life is disrupted by betrayal, vengeance, and murder.

I read this book for my book club.  Had it not been for that, I would have not have chosen this book and would not have finished it.  There was nothing memorable about the story, the characters, or even the murder.


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