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.show more