The Bird Room [NOOK Book]

Overview

Painfully average and introverted Will finally has a bird. Her name is Alice. She's smart, sexy, and much to Will's surprise, she is in love with him. But the course of love never did run smooth, and soon devotion—and its uglier manifestations—lead Will to a dark place within himself.

Elsewhere in the city, Helen is an actress—or she will be some day. For now, she finds work as a "model"—or whatever her online acquaintances need her to be. Her real name is Clair, but she ...

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The Bird Room

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Overview

Painfully average and introverted Will finally has a bird. Her name is Alice. She's smart, sexy, and much to Will's surprise, she is in love with him. But the course of love never did run smooth, and soon devotion—and its uglier manifestations—lead Will to a dark place within himself.

Elsewhere in the city, Helen is an actress—or she will be some day. For now, she finds work as a "model"—or whatever her online acquaintances need her to be. Her real name is Clair, but she desperately wants to be someone new, someone glamorous and real—someone worth something.

A love story with a twist, this exuberant and funny debut novel brings Will and Helen's lives together in a tale as tight as a rope and as black as tar. Sharp, playful, and brimming over with wicked comedy, The Bird Room heralds the arrival of a major new literary talent.

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Editorial Reviews

Tao Lin
“Chris Killen’s writing surprised me sometimes and made me think ‘that is funny’ sometimes and I never felt bad reading it because I knew (by reading the sentences) that he had worked hard on being sincere, concise, and interesting.”
Toby Litt
“An extremely engaging combo of sex, melancholy and killer one-liners—The Bird Room is a beautiful Chinese puzzle of a novel.”
Richard Milward
“The Bird Room is amazing. Beautiful, laconic, and chockablock with uneasy sex—like having a threesome with your girlfriend and Richard Brautigan.”
M.J. Hyland
“An astonishingly good first novel. I was gripped from the first page.”
Steven Hall
“Either disturbingly brilliant or brilliantly disturbing. Whichever, I loved it.”
Ewan Morrison
“Killen has taken a rough stone and polished it into a gem. A book that succeeds in turning daily banality into a thing of great beauty.”
Dazed & Confused
“A strangely merry look at the agony of true love.”
The Sunday Herald (UK)
“Killen has fun playing with identities in a manner that brings to mind David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive.”
The Herald (Scotland)
“A disturbing and uncomfortably bleak comedy full of existential angst, emotional self-destruction, and a lot of deviant and frequently depressing sex....a postmodern take of the traditional love-triangle tale, with a bit of sadomasochism and paranoia thrown in.”
The London Paper
“Killen creates something memorable out of his everyday ingredients. Clever time shifts keep the reader on their toes. . . . [with] darkly funny observations about contemporary urban life his spare, powerful prose brilliantly captures the loneliness of cities and the agonies of love.”
Metro London
“A darkly stylish black comedy of sexual manners. . . . His odd, downbeat characters engage in the kind of sex that makes you feel as if your soul needs a wash. . . . Taut, sharp prose . . . that gives an edgy, sometimes creepy, and very contemporary sense of beauty to the everyday and banal.”
The Guardian
“A postmodern world of troubled comic virtuality. . . . The Bird Room x-rays the souls of young people.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061988233
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 528,548
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Killen is a Writing Fellow at the University of Manchester and keeps a popular blog, Day of Moustaches (dayofmoustaches.blogspot.com). He lives in Manchester, England, and The Bird Room is his first novel.

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