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Title: Chouette

Author: Claire Oshetsky

Publisher: Ecco

Genre: Literary Fiction

Book Tour: BiblioLifestyle

Chouette is the perfect example of being bold and daring and reading outside of your comfort zone. I don’t know what the heck I just read . . . but it was oddly compelling and I freaking loved it. LOVED IT! Thank you partner @bibliolifestyle + the publisher @ecco and the author for having me on this book tour.

Author, Claire Oshetsky, writing was so beautiful. I read this book in one sitting. I was poetic, lyrical and filled with metaphors that I could relate and love. It was like the author was whispering right into my ear. It was creative, fresh, and funny . . . though maybe for some it will be dark and dip over into magical realism a bit too much.

“But here’s the crux of it, owl-baby. Your father wants to fix you, and I want us to love you are you are.”

Tiny is pregnant. Her husband is delighted.

“You think this baby is going to be like you, but it’s not like you at all,” she warns him. “This baby is an owl-baby.”

When Chouette is born small and broken-winged, Tiny works around the clock to meet her daughter’s needs. Left on her own to care for a child who seems more predatory bird than baby, Tiny vows to raise Chouette to be her authentic self. Even in those times when Chouette’s behaviors grow violent and strange, Tiny’s loving commitment to her daughter is unwavering. When she discovers that her husband is on an obsessive and increasingly dangerous quest to find a “cure” for their daughter, Tiny must decide whether Chouette should be raised to fit in or to be herself—and learn what it truly means to be a mother.

Arresting, darkly funny, and unsettling, Chouette is a brilliant exploration of ambition, sacrifice, perceptions of ability, and the ferocity of motherly love.  

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 My only complaint is I hate long chapters; especially for a book that’s only 235 pages. Pick this one up today . . . It’s out now (Pub day was November 16th)

CW: violence to animals and other humans

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