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THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS is Jennifer Rosner’s debut novel, translated and published around the world. It tells the story of a Jewish mother and her young daughter, a musical prodigy, in hiding during WWII. Jennifer's previously published memoir, IF A TREE FALLS, is about raising her deaf daughters in a hearing, speaking world, and discovering genetic deafness in her family dating back to the 1800s. Her short writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, The Forward, and elsewhere, and her children's book, THE MITTEN STRING, was named a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable. In addition to writing, Jennifer teaches philosophy. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Currently, she teaches the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a college-level course for women living in economic distress. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family.
“Rosner’s exquisite, heart-rending debut novel is proof that there’s always going to be room for another story about World War II....This is an absolutely beautiful and necessary novel, full of heartbreak but also hope, about the bond between mother and daughter, and the sacrifices made for love.” –The New York Times Book Review “Desperately moving and exquisitely written. If you only read one book this year, make it The Yellow Bird Sings.” –AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird “Music and love course through this beautiful novel, twin rivers of wonder. The Yellow Bird Sings is a powerful hymn to the resilience and determination of a mother’s love in the face of the inhuman horrors of war. Jennifer Rosner has written a book that will break your heart, and then put it back together again, a little larger than before.” –Alex George, author of The Paris Hours “The Yellow Bird Sings is a beautiful book in so many ways. Like Shira's imaginary bird, Jennifer Rosner's prose is lilting and musical, yet her tale of war's grave personal reality is gripping, heartrending, and so very real. Told beneath an overarching sky of the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter, this is a story readers will continue to ponder long afterward.” –Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and Before and After “Room meets Schindler’s List in The Yellow Bird Sings, a beautifully written tale of mothers and daughters, war and love, the music of the living and the silence of the dead. Jennifer Rosner is a writer to watch.” –Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network “An extraordinary debut novel, brimming with beauty, hope, and heart.” –Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Last Train to London “A brilliant and transporting novel.” –Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of Mercury and The Flight of Gemma Hardy “The Yellow Bird Sings is a captivating novel about the power of music, the human voice and what we sacrifice in order to survive extraordinary circumstances. Absolutely riveting.” –Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One is Here Except All of Us
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