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The Bird's Child by Sandra Leigh Price

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August 2015, no. 373
Grace Nye reviews 'The Bird's Child' by Sandra Leigh Price

The Bird's Child

by Sandra Leigh Price

HarperCollins, $32.99 pb, 384 pp, 9781460750001

The Bird's Child by Sandra Leigh Price

Reviewed by
August 2015, no. 373

This début novel brings 1920s Sydney to life through a fairy-tale lens, highlighting the city’s romance, its magic and its mystery. In alternating point-of-view chapters, the stories of three misfits unfold. Ari is a European Jewish refugee, raised in Sydney by his devout uncle, who wants him to become a rabbi. But Ari has other plans: an admirer of Houdini, he dreams of becoming a professional magician. Billy is a conman, a charming drifter who delights in seducing women and parting fools from their money. Ari and Billy are both drawn to the stunningly beautiful Lily, a run-away who uses a false name and hides terrible secrets.

In spite of their cultural differences, Lily and Ari begin to kindle a tentative romance. But Billy’s obsession with Lily threatens their happiness; determined to seduce and possess her, he schemes and plots in an attempt to undermine the couple’s new bond.

Grace Nye reviews 'The Bird's Child' by Sandra Leigh Price

The Bird's Child

by Sandra Leigh Price

HarperCollins, $32.99 pb, 384 pp, 9781460750001