Bird Eat Bird

Bird Eat Bird

Stories

eBook - 2010
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Bird Eat Bird, Katrina Best's first book of short stories, is a funny, smart, offbeat and insightful collection that explores themes that are equally poignant and hilarious. A thirty-year-old woman who still lives at home anticipates the experience of a third date; a teenaged vegetarian supermarket cashier struggles to scan a package of offal; an inscrutable pelican in a crowded London park decides to try something different for dinner. These artful stories are tinged with social commentary and reflect their author in that they feature characters and sensibilities from both Britain and Canada.
Publisher: London, Ont. : Insomniac Press, ©2010.
ISBN: 9781554830008
1554830001
Characteristics: 1 online resource (166 pages)
Additional Contributors: Fiorentino, Jon Paul

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uncommonreader
Apr 25, 2013

Six short stories. A very slim volume. The stories were somewhat offbeat, only somewhat interesting.

ksoles Sep 07, 2011

The theme of consumption unites Katrina Best's stories in her smart, witty and engaging debut collection. "Bird Eat Bird" depicts a pelican lunching on a pigeon while a cast of onlookers briskly assesses the drama; a 40-ish mother who has a dangerous encounter with a rip tide, apparently ambivalent to the potential of being swallowed by waves as she muses on the irritations of her marriage; an awkward and naive young woman on a second date with a blandly indifferent man who disdains "tall food"; and a vegetarian cashier who watches in horror as a tray of offal falls onto her sandaled feet.

Despite some underdeveloped characters and needless diversions in narrative flow, Best's writing is smartly calibrated, vividly imagined and gratifyingly subtle. And at less than 200 pages, the collection leaves the reader wanting more, eagerly awaiting the author's next release.

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