The Next Chapter regularly asks Canadian musicians what books are on their bedside table. On the January 16 episode, Kathleen Edwards was on the show to discuss one of her favourite recent reads.
Kathleen Edwards is a Canadian singer-songwriter. In 2003, she was named one of the most promising new acts of the year by Rolling Stone. Her 2008 album Asking for Flowers was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize. Her latest effort, Voyageur, was released in January 2012.
Kathleen's recommendation is Fauna by Alissa York. Here's what she had to say about it:
"[Fauna] is about quite a few different characters, who are all independent of each other and their lives intertwine. What connects them is their love for animals. Everyone has quite a dark background and family life, and they're like the forgotten children. What is really neat is how their characters have so much compassion and empathy for the forgotten animals of the city of toronto — roadkill, animals who have been orphaned, birds who have hit skyscrapers and are stunned and dazed and a lot of them die. Its a beautiful story of rehabilitation. for the characters, they rehabilitate themselves and their sadness and their pain by nurturing these animals that need to be rehabilitated themselves. It's a beautiful, beautiful story and quite dark. It pulls on my heartstrings because I'm the kind of person who has worked for the Humane Society and fostered animals in my home. I loved the book."
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From the publisher:
"Gently, meditatively, this unique novel delivers a profoundly immersive experience. A new kind of urban writing, Fauna encourages us to look again at the margins and undercurrents of the cities we inhabit, and consider how we treat the other beings who call those spaces home. What's more, the persuasive beauty of York's writing, the tenderness of her approach to her characters, and the connections she draws between them invite us to look inward and re-evaluate both the human and the animal within."
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