Espé, and translated by Hannah Chute
Winner of the 2017 Parole de Patients Literary Award“Spectacular.”
Based on the creator’s own childhood experiences, The Parakeet is the story of a boy whose only refuge from life’s harsh realities lies in his imagination. In his eyes, we see the confusion and heartache he feels as he watches his mother’s illness worsen and the treatments fail. Through his eyes, we see how mental illness can both tear families apart and reaffirm the bonds of love. Poignant yet playful, The Parakeet follows Bastien’s struggle to accept the mother he has while wishing for the mother he needs.
“This beautifully told and brutal story strikes home.”
“The Parakeet is a beautiful book. Espé’s storytelling is tender and compelling, narratively and visually.”
“Poignant from start to finish, The Parakeet reveals Espé’s considerable range of talents.”
“A poignant and moving work of autobiographical fiction.”
“Every once in a while, you pick up a book already knowing you’d like it, but, even then, it exceeds your expectations in the best possible ways. The Parakeet is one such book.”