A National Book Award Finalist
Howard Norman's The Bird Artist, the first book of his Canadian trilogy, begins in 1911. Its narrator, Fabian Vas, is a bird artist: he draws and paints the birds of Witless Bay, his remote Newfoundland coastal village home.
In the first paragraph of his tale, Fabian reveals that he has murdered the village lighthouse keeper, Botho August. Later, he confesses precisely who and what drove him to his crime. The Bird Artist is a measured, profoundly engrossing story of passion, betrayal, guilt, and redemption between men and women.