Taking a hard look at the consequences of ignoring the rhythms found in nature, this novel focuses on Jubal Siner-an all-knowing antihero who offers freedom from the idea of redemption. Stylistically at home with Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor, this brooding work puts a twist on classic American literature by delving into a fascinating world of dark magical realism.
Author Biography: John Gist is the author of Crowheart.
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A friend loaned me a copy of John Gist¿s first novel, 'CrowHeart.' I found this one, 'Lizard Dreaming of Birds,' on my own. Early in the novel, the main character, Jubal Siner, implores the reader to ¿pray for guidance as you read these pages.¿ Such advice proves itself apt as Gist tells us the tale of Siner¿s redemption, a roller coaster ride throughout the American West, full of jagged landscape and human sacrifice that on the surface seems bleak. But, just as one would be quite short sighted to describe the jutting peak of a mountain as erosion, one would be equally short sighted to use the term nihilistic to describe this novel, because Gist shows us that beneath the ugliness of reality are the roots of redemption, of hope. Using multiple first person narrators to reveal this story, Gist allows the reader to trace the tracks of the main characters redemption while seeing the price of such redemption in those he leaves behind. The writing in this novel is equal to the ambition of the story, with an epilogue that is as vibrant as a prose poem. Just as Jubal Siner implores the reader to ¿pray,¿ I would like to challenge anyone reading this review to pick up this novel, to take on a novel that ventures outside of the vast status quo celebration where many mainstream novels fester; you won¿t regret it. I have already begun to look forward to the next John Gist novel.