The Bird Room

The Bird Room

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"A dark and beguiling meditation on the weight of fresh it practically pings with energy...The Bird Room is seamlessly woven into a perfectly formed whole that fizzes with deadpan wit and cutting one-liners." --The Independent

An audacious and self-assured debut novel, The Bird Room by Chris Killen is sometimes darkly comic, sometimes painfully dramatic, and always entirely engaging. Reminiscent of other up-and-coming authors such as Tao Lin, Richard Milward, and Toby Litt, and with a spare and efficient style that belies the intricacies of the novel's double narrative, The Bird Room is a dark, edgy tale of sex, love, and obsession.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 132 x 204 x 13mm | 159g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061905909
  • 9780061905902
  • 2,232,608

Back cover copy

Painfully average and introverted Will finally has a bird. Her name is Alice. She's smart, sexy, and much to Will's surprise, she is in love with him. But the course of love never did run smooth, and soon devotion--and its uglier manifestations--lead Will to a dark place within himself.

Elsewhere in the city, Helen is an actress--or she will be some day. For now, she finds work as a "model"--or whatever her online acquaintances need her to be. Her real name is Clair, but she desperately wants to be someone new, someone glamorous and real--someone worth something.

A love story with a twist, this exuberant and funny debut novel brings Will and Helen's lives together in a tale as tight as a rope and as black as tar. Sharp, playful, and brimming over with wicked comedy, The Bird Room heralds the arrival of a major new literary talent.
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Review quote

Killen has fun playing with identities in a manner that brings to mind David Lynch s film Mulholland Drive. --The Sunday Herald (UK)"
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Rating details

328 ratings
3.13 out of 5 stars
5 16% (51)
4 23% (76)
3 33% (107)
2 17% (55)
1 12% (39)
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