Song of the Crow (Center Point Premier Fiction (Largeprint))

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From the moment that he looks down on the ancient gray head of Noah, who is swinging his stone axe, the narrating crow in this unique and remarkable epic knows that these creators called Man are trouble. He senses, too, that the natural order of things is about to change.

At a time when so many of us are searching for meaning, Layne Maheu’s debut novel lingers in a masterfully rendered ancient world just long enough to ponder our fears of disaster and to watch as humanity struggles to survive, to understand, and finally to prevail.

Recalling both the magical imagination of Richard Adams’s Watership Down and the spiritual richness of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Song of the Crow is a soaring debut.

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Layne Maheu lives with his son in Seattle, where he works as a carpenter. His short stories have appeared in Other Voices, Northwest Review, Ascent, and elsewhere. Song of the Crow is his first novel.

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From the moment he first looks down upon the ancient gray head of Noah, who is swinging his stone ax and speaking to the heavens, the narrating crow in this unique and remarkable epic knows that these creatures called Man are trouble. He senses, too, that the natural order of things is about to change. There is too much death and too much magic in the Songscape for the world to remain as it is for much longer. The people who come to plead with Noah are all angry or frightened. And why would this lanky old man-beast build this oddly shaped home—this “ark”—so far from the waters if something earth-changing were not coming? At a time when many of us are searching for meaning, Layne Maheu’s extraordinary debut novel asks us to linger in a masterfully rendered ancient world just long enough to ponder the unsettled state of things. Through a truly poetic sense of language, he has created a lyrical meditation on the relationship between humanity and the heavens. Song of the Crow is a provocative portrait of the reasons for human fear and of the role that free will always plays when we struggle, not just to make sense of things, but to endure. Recalling both the magical imagination of Richard Adams’s Watership Down and the spiritual richness of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Layne Maheu’s Song of the Crow is a soaring debut.

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