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Starling Days by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Starling Days

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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2 reviews

Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 11 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781473638372

The moving new novel from Desmond Elliot-shortlisted author of Harmless Like You.

3 stars out of 5
12 Jul 2019

"Moving between London and New York, this novel interrogates the relationship between depression and love"

For readers looking for a “relatable” tale of struggle and survival – the author includes an encouraging note at the end for those fighting their own darkness – the book offers consolation. For those wishing to derive more literary pleasures, Starling Days may disappoint.


3 stars out of 5

"A novel about depression that doesn’t depress"

Very occasionally, Buchanan’s observational inventiveness gets the better of her: she describes a hipster café carefully but then marginally overdoes it by comparing the size of two men’s beards to small dogs. But this really is nitpicking over writing which is startlingly original without — on the whole — drawing attention to its originality. Starling Days also offers scenes of sex between two women which don’t titillate, worryingly but importantly pointing up how rare this is.