VIRTUAL: Jennifer Rosner with Kate Quinn / The Yellow Bird Sings

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 5:30pm
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front cover of The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer RosnerBooksmith and The Bindery host Jennifer Rosner for her debut novel, The Yellow Bird Sings. She'll be in conversation with Kate Quinn (The Huntress). Please join us!

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As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor's barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róza tells her a story about 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 a mother and a daughter. Beautiful and riveting, The Yellow Bird Sings is a testament to the triumph of hope -- a whispered story, a bird's song -- in even the darkest of times.

Jennifer Rosner bu Elizabeth SolakaJennifer Rosner is the author the memoir If A Tree Falls: A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard. Her children's book, The Mitten String, is a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable. Jennifer's writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, The Forward, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family. Author photo by Elizabeth Solaka. 

photo of Kate Quinn courtesy of the authorKate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network and The Huntress. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs.


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Books: 
The Yellow Bird Sings: A Novel By Jennifer Rosner Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250179760
Availability: Hard to Find (or) Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020