Thursday, February 4, 2021


Bride. Let Marie-Helene Bertino’s finely constructed sentences lull you as you read her novel titled, Parakeet, so you can dream along with the surreal narrative. We meet the protagonist known as the bride as she faces the emotional intensity of her wedding week. Her dead grandmother visits her in the form of a parakeet and presents a warning and a challenge. The momentum of the novel involves the bride’s response to the visit of the parakeet. I loved the finely written prose but can tolerate only so much surreality. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase Parakeet from

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