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Launch: Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
11 July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for the launch of Starling Days – the moving new novel from Desmond Elliot-shortlisted author of Harmless Like You.
‘Starling Days is a beautifully weird portrayal of being alone together, millennial ennui, bisexuality and hybrid identity. It captures the brilliance and isolation of big cities as well as the
struggle and strength to keep on going. A singular novel from the poetic and painterly mind of Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.’ Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
Mina is staring over the edge of the George Washington Bridge when a patrol car drives up. She tries to convince the officers she’s not about to jump but they don’t believe her. Her husband,
Oscar is called to pick her up. Oscar hopes that leaving New York for a few months will give Mina the space to heal. They travel to London, to an apartment wall-papered with indigo-eyed birds, to Oscars oldest friends, to a canal and blooming flower market. Mina, a classicist, searches for solutions to her failing mental health using mythological women. But she finds a beam of light in a living woman. Friendship and attraction blossom until Oscar and Mina’s complicated love is tested.
ROWAN HISAYO BUCHANAN’s first novel Harmless Like You won the Author’s Club First Novel Award, a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize. In the USA it was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an NPR 2017 Great Read. Her work has appeared in Granta, the Guardian and the Paris Review among other places. She lives in London.