Publisher description for The bird skinner / Alice Greenway.


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Jim Kennoway was once an esteemed member of the ornithology department at the Museum of Natural History in New York, collecting and skinning birds as specimens. Slowing down from a hard-lived life and a recent leg amputation, Jim retreats to an island in Maine: to drink, smoke, and to be left alone. As a young man he worked for Naval Intelligence during World War II in the Solomon Islands. While spying on Japanese shipping from behind enemy lines, Jim befriended Tosca, a young islander who worked with him as a scout. Now, thirty years later, Tosca has sent his daughter Cadillac to stay with Jim in the weeks before she begins premedical studies at Yale. She arrives to Jim’s consternation, yet she will capture his heart and the hearts of everyone she meets, irrevocably changing their lives.

Written in lush, lyrical prose-rich in island detail, redolent of Maine in summer and of the Pacific-The Bird Skinner is wise and wrenching, an unforgettable masterwork from an extraordinarily skillful novelist.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Veterans -- Fiction.
Depression, Mental -- Fiction.
Medical students -- Fiction.
Islands -- Maine -- Fiction.
Ornithologists -- Fiction.
World War (1939-1945) -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01180924
Islands. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00980104
Ornithologists. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01048356
Veterans. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01165710
Maine. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01204270
Roman. -- gnd
Amerikanisches Englisch. -- gnd