Georgeann Packard Paint the Bird

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Paint the Bird

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The Reverend Sarah Obadias is broken, bitter, and stripped of the reassurance of faith when she walks into a West Village restaurant in Manhattan. Here she encounters Abraham Darby, a rumpled but well-regarded painter who seduces the minister into his life of excess and emotional intensity. ''I've run away from my life,'' Sarah tells him. ''I know,'' Darby replies. ''Take mine.'' But for Sarah, each day with the artist will bring a new reality -- or lack of it.

Dancing through the novel is the mystical Yago, the gay son of Darby and Costa Rican painter Alejandra Morales Díaz. When Sarah encounters Yago, she is transported to a state of mindless eroticism. Bloodlines become squiggled and unreliable as the characters explore father-son relationships and what constitutes a family. Laced with humor and vibrancy, this tale of converging fates becomes a contemplation of faith, faithfulness, and the nature of spiritual and emotional growth.

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GEORGEANN PACKARD is a writer, graphic designer, and photographer. She also designs and installs gardens on Long Island's North Fork, where she lives with her stellar family. Her first novel, Fall Asleep Forgetting, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 2010.

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"Packard's book layers symbolism on its pages, but it's also an entrancing exercise in employing language to explore and define the nature of love and the meaning of life framed against death. The lyrical narrative edges toward the surreal, however, beginning to end, the novel is a deeply poetic meditation 'About life, about trust. About God. About death.' Brilliantly imagined and rendered." --Kirkus, Starred Review

"The story reads like a prose poem. Emotional significance comes across in the sparsely told daily machinations of the lives of a few intentionally but tenuously connected New Yorkers. Packard (Fall Asleep Forgetting) weaves a dreamy yet well-paced narrative with richly developed characters who gradually come to discover that life is always going on, whether they're watching or not." --Publishers Weekly

"Highlighting a unique intersection of the gay, artistic, and religious communities, Packard challenges readers to look closely at their beliefs about death, sexuality, and the constructs of family. Rich descriptions of art and overt sensuality lend beauty to this provocative story of loss and hope." --Booklist

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