"I want my readers to discover ‘the story under the story,’ the place where truth lies and where reader and writer connect at the heart. I imagine it as a journey where surprises, like small treasures or secrets may be unearthed."
Edythe Anstey Hanen is a finalist (fiction) in the Whistler Independent Book Awards. The winners will be announced at the Whistler Writers Festival October 17-20
Praise for Nine Birds Singing
In Nine Birds Singing, Edythe Anstey Hanen’s appealing narrator Maddie recalls and examines her own search for independence from her parents’ restrictive values. The writer and Maddie, together, gather the reader in to share an intimate, wise, and moving tale.
Jack Hodgins, Governor General’s Award winner and author of Spit Delaney’s Island
If, like me, you despair for the collapse of the English language take comfort. In Nine Birds Singing you will discover a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of delights. Edythe Anstey Hanen not only uses the basic blocks of language, words, to propel her characters and her story, each word has been selected with meticulous care with attention to its meaning and its ability to resonate. The work is a symphony for the logophile. Don’t miss it.
Patrick Taylor, USA Today, New York Times and Globe and Mail best-selling author of the Irish Country Doctor series including An Irish Country Cottage (2018)
Nine Birds Singing is a finely written book, lovingly crafted, poignant and perceptive. A tale of gradual self-understanding, awakening and ultimate release.
Nick Bantock, Author of the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy; My Fool’s Heart: A Pop-up Book of Love (2017) and Dubious Documents: A Puzzle (Wordplay, Ephemera, Interactive Mystery (2018).