A Bird's Eye
Written by Cary Fagan
Publication Date August 31, 2013
Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Amazon.ca 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 Amazon.ca Best Books: Editors' Picks 2013
CARY FAGAN has written several critically acclaimed books, including A Bird’s Eye, finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; My Life Among the Apes, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Valentine’s Fall, finalist for the Toronto Book Award. He has also written many popular books for children, for which he has won the Vicki Metcalf Award For Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. He lives 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
"In A Bird's Eye, Fagan's complementary talents for literary intent and straightforward reader appeal are deftly combined." Edmonton Journal
"Fagan's book is a tiny gem, entertaining, funny and scrumptiously written." Toronto Star
"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
"...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