A NovelBook - 2014
Not every story has a happy ending.
Since her brother's death, eight-year-old Egg Murakami has been living day-to-day on the family ostrich farm near Bittercreek, discovering life to be an ever-perplexing condition. Mama Murakami has curled up inside a bottle, and Papa has exiled himself to the barn with the birds. Big sister Kathy tells stories to Egg so that the world might not seem so awful.
The Murakami family is not happy. But in the hands of Tamai Kobayashi, their story becomes a drama of rare insight and virtuosity. Weighing physical, cultural, and emotional isolation against the backdrop of schoolyard battles and adult mysteries, Kobayashi paints a compelling portrait of a feisty and endearing outsider.
As Kathy's final year in high school counts down to an uncertain future, the indomitable Egg sits quiet witness to her unravelling family as she tries to find her place in a bewildering world.
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Egg is an eight year old girl. Her brother has just died. Her mother is an alcoholic. Her father is obsessed with their ostrich farm. Her sister is a lesbian. She is ruthlessly bullied for being Japanese. Egg manages to deal with all of these things in her own way. She manages to discover why her brother really died, and what his connection is with her favourite librarian. She is having difficulty coping, and an impromptu arson brings the family back together.
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