Due for release this September, A Bird on Every Tree has been receiving lots of advance praise. In a starred Quill and Quire review, Robert Wiersema says, “Bruneau is a master. We should know this by now, but A Bird on Every Tree is a powerful reminder.” He writes, “…This is a reflection of a writer utterly in touch with her stories–not only what they are, but how they are, overlooking nothing in her craft.”
Publishers Weekly calls the collection “beautifully crafted” and goes on to say, “(Bruneau’s) exceptional prose reveals how much there is to discover in the everyday. These stories empathetically follow characters who struggle with loneliness and loss even as they experience joy.”
Atlantic Books Today praises the book’s “wide range of 12 beautiful and genuine stories, all connected through the considerable pull of Nova Scotia” and notes, “People in these short stories go through the traditional human transitions of love and loss and ultimately, our never-ending search for light and meaning.”
The Miramichi Reader writes, “Each story in A Bird on Every Tree is decidedly larger than the few small pages needed to tell them,” praising Bruneau’s “astounding command of words.”
LocalXpress calls the stories “terse, unforgettable and multi-layered…This writer is deeply connected to humanity in all its flaws and uncertainties.”
The Coast says “Bruneau is a master of imagery” in a collection that “gloriously explores the complex relationship people have with the place they call home.”
What can I say, except that it’s gratifying and humbling beyond words when readers (and reviewers) get what an author is trying to do?
My sincere thanks to all for their kind words.