Song of the Say-Sayer

Song of the Say-Sayer $19.99

Daniel Danis

Published by Talon Books

2 Male 2 Female

During a thunderstorm, lightning strikes the home of the Lastings, killing the parents and forever bonding the children, even though Rock, William, Fred-James and Naomi are not blood-related

Years later, still haunted by their terrible childhood memory, the three older brothers await the return of their beloved sister who has been singing in faraway places. But the redhead who returns is horribly sick

Now the Lasting clan must join forces again, because the "municipals" are threatening to turn away their sister

"Even through the filter of Linda Gaboriau's excellent translation, Danis' language is stunning, at once childlike and ancient: 'the clouds' black bums were grazing the treetops'; 'when I'm dressed up fancy, I feel taller, like the Christmas-fancy feeling'; 'Our sister spilled over the ground. Swinging doors banged in our hearts'

The purity of that language and the fantastic nature of the story take us deep into a rift that violence causes in identity. It's easy to read the siblings as separate aspects of one nature; the youngest, weakest, most feminine part of the psyche may be shut out in times of trauma, but the betrayed element will return to haunt and insist on integration, healing" ~ The Georgia Straight

"Far from all eyes and ears, from any spoken word, far inside one's body deep in the silence of silence, one can secretly unite with one's soul-being and achieve an indifference to life and to death so that purity can fill one's body" ~ Daniel Danis

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