The Colours of Birds

In Rebecca Higgins’s debut collection, characters do weird things in their attempts to negotiate the world. They steal books and hide in bathrooms and treat grocery receipts like tarot cards. They may want solitude, even escape, but they don’t want to be invisible. They move between isolation and connection–on the internet, at uncomfortable parties, in a tent after Hurricane Katrina. These stories are about friendship and loneliness and the awkward, fumbling ways we try to love each other. We lie and leave things out, so often torn between hiding ourselves and needing to be seen.

Small cunning portraits of the lives around us.”

– Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star  Read the full review.

“Higgins recognizes that human suffering is often a slow erosion, as of rock by water…”

– Amy Attas, The Malahat Review  Read the full review.

“Some great stories…a varied collection of approaches to creative fiction.”

– James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader  Read the full review.

Published by Tightrope Books in November 2018

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