Martha Wainwright defends And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier

In And the Birds Rained Down, three old men are determined to live out their lives on their own terms in backwoods northern Ontario, but their plan is disrupted by death -- and the arrival of two unusual women.

Martha Wainwright grew up with music, performing in concerts with her parents and the entire McGarrigle family. She began singing with her brother, Rufus Wainwright, when he began his solo career in the early '90s. In 2005, she released her first album, Martha Wainwright, to critical and commercial acclaim. It was followed by, among others: I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too (2008), San fusils, ni souliers, à Paris: Martha Wainwright's Piaf Record (2010) and Trauma: Chansons de la série télé saison 4 (2013).

Jocelyne Saucier was born in New Brunswick and now lives in Abitibi, in Northern Quebec. She has published four novels and has earned a number of awards and distinctions. She has been nominated twice for the Governor General's Literary Award. And the Birds Rained Down was the first Canadian novel to win the International Organisation of the Francophonie's prestigious Prix des cinq continents.

Rhonda Mullins is a French-to-English translator and writer. She has translated a number of works of fiction and nonfiction, including collaborating on the translation of the Pied du Cochon cookbook Sugar Shack and translating the recently released The Visual Laboratory of Robert Lepage by Ludovic Fouquet. Rhonda is a three-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation.


Why Martha Wainwright believes And the Birds Rained Down should win Canada Reads:

"And the Birds Rained Down has a clear and defined voice without being overly stylized or overwrought with flowery, self-conscious writing but instead beautifully tells a dramatic and strange story complete with octogenarian sexual mishaps, a suicide pact, total destruction and ruin of landscapes and lives as well as the discovery of artistic genius all in a calm but tenuous constant tone reminiscent of the wild northern Ontario landscape where the book is set. Take a winding ride on the back road to the community at the lake."

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