Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Alex Crow
Here is a handful of dirt.
Here is nothing but ice.
Here is Joseph Stalin telling the melting man what to do.
Here is the family pet--a crow we call Alex.
Here is an immigrant kid, a second son named Ariel, who lives in a place called Sunday.
Skillfully blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, award-winning Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith chronicles the story of Ariel, a refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century . . . and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.