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Songbirds

By: Christy Lefteri
Narrated by: George Georgiou,Indira Varma,Art Malik,Lolita Chakrabarti
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Publisher's Summary

“A beautifully crafted novel that sits at the intersection of race and class, that flags the frank truth of the life of migrant workers for whom a flight to freedom can become the most finely woven trap.” (Jodi Picoult, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Two Ways)

From the prize-winning author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo comes Songbirds, a stunning novel about the disappearance of a Sri Lankan domestic worker and how the most vulnerable people find their voices.

Living on the island of Cyprus, Nisha is far from her native Sri Lanka. Though she longs to return home, she knows that working as a "maid" for a wealthy widow is the only way to earn enough to support her daughter, left behind to be raised by relatives.

Yiannis is a poacher, trapping the tiny protected songbirds that stop in Cyprus as they migrate each year from Africa to Europe and selling them on the illegal market. He dreams of finding a new way of life, and of marrying Nisha.

But one night, Nisha makes dinner, an aromatic dahl curry, for the family who pays her: Petra and her daughter, Aliki. Then, after she cleans the kitchen and tucks Aliki into bed, Nisha goes out on a mysterious errand, and vanishes.

When the police refuse to pursue the case, Petra takes on the investigation herself, a path that leads her to Nisha’s friends - other workers in the neighborhood - and to the darker side of a migrant’s life, where impossible choices leave them vulnerable, captive, and worse.

Inspired by the real-life disappearance of domestic workers in Cyprus, Christy Lefteri has crafted a poignant, deeply empathetic narrative of the human stories behind the headlines. With infinite tenderness and skill, Songbirds offers a triumphant story of the fight for truth and justice, and of women reclaiming their lost voices.

©2021 Christy Lefteri (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"In this heartfelt novel by the author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo, a Sri Lankan domestic worker goes missing from her employer’s home in Cyprus, and the widowed homeowner herself sets out to find her after the police show no interest.”The New York Times

“Like the vulnerable songbirds trapped in mist nets, Christy Lefteri’s characters—women who leave foreign lands to work abroad and send money back home—broke my heart and kept me turning the pages of her gorgeous novel well into the night.”—Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

“I loved this tender, moving story about the powerful chord that binds mothers to daughters, about those we fail to see and protect. The humanity in Songbirds is compelling, tinged with sadness, delicately delivered with urgency. I finished this book and could not stop thinking about Nisha. It is stunning and beautiful, a magnificent achievement.”—Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice 

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Engaging throughout!

I enjoyed this book. Very good character development and moved at just the right pace.

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I loved this book

The story was slow paced and beautifully written. But there were so many layers to the story. The setting and characters were all interesting and well developed.

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Another excellent book by Christy Lefteri

Song Birds is another excellent novel, based on much research and real events , by Christie Lefteri. The author is an excellent storyteller with an ability to engage the reader with descriptive writing and depth of characters through their individual thoughts, all which enlighten her story. Bravo!

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The capture of songbirds and women in flight.

A beautiful tale of love between a man and woman, mothers and daughters. A Sri Lankan woman in Greece effects the lives of those around her, encouraging others to stand up on her behalf.
This book is based on real stories of domestic servants who travel to other countries In search of a way to support their loved ones they leave behind. How sadly they are treated by those they serve, how misunderstood.
But it is an uplifting tale of a these women coming together to stand up for themselves.

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Couldnt get into this book

Didn’t like this book . Tried to return this book
But couldn’t.. it is awful I know people love it but not me