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A Bird's Eye

Written by Cary Fagan

  • 192 Pages
  • 9781770893115
  • FICTION / Literary



Publication Date August 27, 2013

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Best Book.

With all the wonder of a small-scale The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay comes this moving and unforgettable novel about childhood, love, and magic.

Growing up in a Jewish neighbourhood in the 1930s, young Benjamin Kleeman falls in love, first with Corrine Foster and then with magic. Hiding his new passions from his parents — the long-suffering Bella, an Italian immigrant, and Jacob, a talented but failed inventor of elaborate mechanical devices — Benjamin begins apprenticeships in magic and life itself, learning along the way that everything is more complicated than it seems.

With wit, tenderness, humour, and, startling beauty, Cary Fagan brings a gifted young man’s rise to a peculiar kind of stardom, wonderfully alive.

Short-listed for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2013

Selected for the Best Books: Editors' Picks 2013


Cary Fagan
Cary Fagan is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. He has twice been a Toronto Book Award finalist, and he has won the Jewish Book Award and the World Storytelling Award. He has been a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, the Blue Spruce Award and the Silver Birch Express Award. Cary lives with his family in Toronto.


"A slim volume of great beauty, memorable and filled with truth. Cary Fagan has managed to make Toronto seem magical." Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

"Fagan captures the long days and delight of youth...A Bird’s Eye consumed me like a memory, warm and sweet and sad. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was magic." Globe and Mail

"Cary Fagan is the first author to portray so masterfully that inherent in [Kensington Market]... is pure and utter magic." National Post

"Fagan's book is a tiny gem, entertaining, funny and scrumptiously written." Toronto Star

"In A Bird's Eye, Fagan's complementary talents for literary intent and straightforward reader appeal are deftly combined." Edmonton Journal

"...small, yet incrediby rich..." Welland Tribune

"This minimalist novel from the iconic Cary Fagan demonstrates the author's talent for making every word count. Like a poet, he curates white space, the silences between words, every fleck of punctuation." The Coast

"Fagan's writing style, coupled with his familiar yet refreshing characters, makes the novel one where the pages get turned faster and faster as the reader gets more interested in what happens next." Winnipeg Free Press

"...A Bird’s Eye, with its trim and finely balanced prose, diverse mix of ethnic characters, fine sense of place and storyline that glides along as smoothly as a bird in flight, ranks as perhaps [Fagan's] finest book yet." The Canadian Jewish News