NCL 96 – A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence


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A Bird in the House  was not included in Series One.


A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library N96)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

Here are eight beautifully crafted short stories, embodying all the grace and craft of Margaret Laurence’s critically acclaimed and popularly cherished prose. With a quiet and unobtrusive artistry, she transports her readers to the small Manitoba town of Manawaka and immerses them in the world of young Vanessa Macleod–a world of conflict and family strife, of scrub-oak, willow and choke-cherry bushes, of a girl’s growing awareness and her passage into womanhood.

Integral units in themselves, these stories blend into one organic whole–poignant, compassionate, rich in emotional impact, and sophisticated esthetic appeal. They speak from the deep centre of being and humanity.

Margaret Laurence is one of Canada’s most eminent literary figures. Author of The Stone Angel, she won a Governor-General’s Award for A Jest of God (released as the movie Rachel, Rachel), and has earned world-wide respect with these and other prose works. A Bird in the House represents her art at its mature and lucid best.


A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library N96) front coverSeries Three

From the Back Cover:

One of Canada’s most accomplished authors combines the best qualities of the short story and the novel to create a masterpiece.

Here are eight beautifully crafted stories, embodying all the skill of Margaret Laurence’s critically acclaimed writing. With quiet and unobtrusive artistry, she transports her readers to the small Manitoba town of Manawaka and immerses them in the world of young Vanessa Macleod – a world of conflict and family strife, of a girl’s growing awareness of her passage into womanhood.

Integral unites in themselves, these stories blend into one whole – poignant, compassionate and rich in emotional impact as they chart the sometimes painful emergence of a memorable young woman.

Margaret Laurence is one of Canada’s most eminent literary figures. She is the author of The Diviners, A Jest of God, The Stone Angel, The Fire-Dwellers, This Side Jordan, The Tomorrow-Tamer and several children’s stories.


A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

One of Canada’s most accomplished authors combines the best qualities of both the short story and the novel to create a lyrical evocation of the beauty, pain and wonder of growing up.

In eight interconnected, finely woven stories, Margaret Laurence recreates the world of Vanessa MacLeod – a world of scrub-oak, willow, and chokecherry bushes; of family love and conflict; and of a girl’s growing awareness of and passage into womanhood. The stories blend into one masterly and moving whole: poignant, compassionate, and profound in emotional impact.

In this fourth book of the five-volume Manawaka series, Vanessa MacLeod takes her rightful place alongside the other unforgettable heroines of Manawaka: Hagar Shipley in The Stone Angel, Rachel Cameron in A Jest of God, Stacey MacAindra in The Fire-Dwellers, and Morag Gunn in The Diviners.


A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Five

From the Back Cover:

One of Canada’s most accomplished authors combines the best qualities of both the short story and the novel to create a lyrical evocation of the beauty, pain and wonder of growing up.

In eight interconnected, finely wrought stories, Margaret Laurence recreates the world of Vanessa MacLeod – a world of scrub-oak, willow, and chokecherry bushes; of family love and conflict; and of a girl’s growing awareness of and passage into womanhood. The stories blend into one masterly and moving whole: poignant, compassionate, and profound in emotional impact.

In this fourth book of the five-volume Manawaka series, Vanessa MacLeod takes her rightful place alongside the other unforgettable heroines of Manawaka: Hagar Shipley in The Stone Angel, Rachel Cameron in A Jest of God, Stacey MacAindra in The Fire-Dwellers, and Morag Gunn in The Diviners.


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