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As If a Bird Flew By Me: A Novel
by Sara Greenslit
University of Alabama Press, 2011
Paper: 978-1-57366-164-5 | eISBN: 978-1-57366-828-6
Library of Congress Classification PS3607.R465A93 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

Two women, separated by time and place, yoked by heritage and history

“The world is full of continuous conversations: Now is surrounded by Past, and both are encircled by Forever.” So states an unnamed narrator in As if a Bird Flew by Me.
Celia lives in the contemporary Midwest. Ann is an accused witch, executed during the Salem witch trials. Two women separated by time and place yet yoked by heritage and history. Set in three time periods, stories within stories unfold, and Greenslit’s language seamlessly weaves Celia’s modern life with the historical record of Ann’s demise alongside dazzling renderings of animal life. Greenslit’s hybrid of fiction and nonfiction occupies that rarest of airs: it is a book that illuminates, line by line and page by page, how it should be read.

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