Brood

Brood

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A new literary voice--wryly funny, honest and observational,--depicts one woman's attempt to keep her four chickens alive while reflecting on a recent loss.

Over the course of a single year, our nameless narrator heroically tries to keep her small brood of four chickens alive despite the seemingly endless challenges that caring for another creature entails. From the forty-below nights of a brutal Minnesota winter to a sweltering summer which brings a surprise tornado, she battles predators, bad luck, and the uncertainty of a future that may not look anything like the one she always imagined. This book is a meditation on life and longing.

Title:Brood
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385546751
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    Brood Reviews

  • lark benobi

    Brood proves that even a small-canvas story can contain multitudes, when it's crafted by a writer with a talent for empathy, a scrupulous attention to detail, and a pitch-perfect sense of how to build...

  • Diane Barnes

    This fits perfectly into my category of odd little books. I hate to describe it to anyone by saying it's about a woman trying her best to keep four chickens alive over the course of a year. That is th...

  • Cheri

    ’Hope” is the thing with feathers…’ -- Emily DickinsonOn the surface, this is a quiet novel, but underneath it all lies a jumble of emotions, a quietly building inner turmoil and an ever-...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    CW: Before the book begins, the narrator had a miscarriage, and it doesn't get mentioned right away so I don't want anyone to be surprised. (I knew from other discussion I'd seen.)Small, internal, pon...

  • M. (Inside My Library Mind)

    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind “A chicken knows only what it can see. A chicken’s life is full of magic. Lo and behold.” This book for some reason consumed my every waki...

  • Hannah

    Sad, tender, surprisingly gruesome. I did not anticipate becoming this attached to chickens....

  • Megan C.

    Before I get to the review, I want to make sure to mention I am ALWAYS grateful to receive books from publishers. (A big thank you to Doubleday for allowing me the chance to read this one.) I can try ...

  • Diane Yannick

    As I read this book I couldn’t decide if it was everything or nothing. Upon reflection I realized that it was a quiet, beautiful piece of writing that I almost didn’t take the time to appreciate. ...

  • Rebecca

    Polzin’s debut novel is a quietly touching story of a woman in the Midwest raising chickens and coming to terms with the shape of her life. The unnamed narrator is Everywoman and no one at the same ...

  • ? Sandi ?

    2 stars - Just OkayI am not sure why I choose this book in the first place, but I think I expected more from it than I got. It is not that this is a bad book - it is not. It's just that it did not mov...