The Yel­low Bird Sings

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September 1, 2019
As Nazi sol­diers round up the Jews in their Pol­ish town, Róza and her five-year-old daugh­ter, Shi­ra, flee, seek­ing shel­ter in a neighbor’s barn. Hid­den in the hayloft day and night, Shi­ra strug­gles to stay qui­et as music puls­es through her and the farm­yard out­side beck­ons. To soothe her daugh­ter and pass the time, Róza invents the sto­ry of a girl in an enchant­ed gar­den: The girl is for­bid­den from mak­ing a sound so the yel­low bird sings. He sings what­ev­er the girl com­pos­es in her head: high-pitched trills of pic­co­lo, low-throat­ed growls of con­tra­bas­soon. Music helps the flow­ers bloom. In this make-believe world, Róza can shield Shi­ra from the hor­rors that sur­round them. But the day comes when their haven is no longer safe and Róza must make an impos­si­ble choice: whether to keep Shi­ra by her side or give her the chance to sur­vive apart. Inspired by the true sto­ries of Jew­ish chil­dren hid­den dur­ing World War II, Jen­nifer Rosner’s debut is a breath­tak­ing nov­el about the unbreak­able bond between moth­er and daughter.

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