A Thousand Paper Birds. Tor Udall

I received an ebook of A Thousand Paper Birds free from NetGalley. It was published by Bloomsbury on 15 June 2017.

This is *the* most beautiful novel of 2017 as far as I am concerned. It is an incredible book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it – plus, you just might want to live in Kew Gardens, the novel’s heavenly, vividly-drawn setting.

The sudden death of a young woman called Audrey leaves her widow Jonas devastated and adrift. The interrelationships of Audrey, Jonas, Chloe, Harry and Milly are teased out over the course of a novel that explores grief, happiness, creation and creativity, letting go, and the beauty and fragility of existence and relationships.

This book had me in tears. (Context: I cry at a book perhaps once every two to three years; I can’t remember when I have ever shed so many tears over a work of fiction). Tor Udall’s tender, visceral portrayal of our shared humanity draws out tears of sorrow and empathy.

A Thousand Paper Birds shines with a rare beauty and truth. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I give this novel 5 stars.

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