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House of Anansi Press

Birding with Yeats

A Mother's Memoir

Written by Lynn Thomson

Published May 03, 2014 | ISBN 9781770893894

Cover of Birding with Yeats

Regular price $22.95 CAD

304 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Birding with Yeats

A Mother's Memoir

Lynn Thomson

A delicately rendered memoir on motherhood, family, and the beauty of the natural world.

In fall 2007, Lynn Thomson experiences a huge life shift. Her teenage son, Yeats, is just beginning high school. Yeats has always struggled against the system, against the pressure to conform. He is a poet at heart: acutely sensitive, highly intelligent, and solitary by nature. Lynn and Yeats have always been close, but after fourteen years as a stay-at-home mom Lynn is going back to work for her husband, Ben, who has just opened his own bookstore.

When Lynn and Yeats take a trip to Vancouver Island, they discover a mutual love of bird watching. Lynn is the only other person Yeats has found who loves nature and watching birds. Plus, she has a car. Lynn describes in wondrous detail the many trips she and Yeats take, from the Wye Marsh and Pelee Island in Ontario, to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, to an ill-fated trip to the Galapagos Islands. The two grow closer with each bird-watching expedition. At the same time, Lynn notices that her son is beginning to pull away — and she must learn to let go.

Birding with Yeats is a delicate, sensitive, and gentle reflection on the unique bond between a mother and son, and the magic that is the natural world.

About the Author

Lynn Thomson

Lynn Thomson is a bookseller in Toronto, Canada. Birding with Yeats is her first book.

Awards and Praise
A tender, though-provoking meditation on the mysteries of motherhood and the redeeming power of the wild. Lynn Thomson reminds us that nature will always be our extended family, and that to be alive is to be a custodian of everyone, and everything, we care about. Into the trees we go, only to return with a song and a flutter in our hearts.