Little Bird. What Is Done Out of Love
One day on the way home from school, Maya finds an injured bird. She takes the bird home with her and hides it in the big closet in her bedroom. The bird will be her secret, until it is well again and she can surprise everyone. But it’s not so simple having a big secret and having to lie to everyone around her. In Little Bird the story of Maya and the bird develops into a far-reaching, rich novel about a family whose members all carry their own secrets. Ramslie writes suggestively about the loneliness that can arise amongst those we are closest to and with virtuosity conjures up an underlying ominousness.
Praise for Little Bird. What Is Done out of Love:
“Ramslie’s prose is restrained, calm and beautiful: His sentences are like little planets revolving around a black hole, pulling the reader in, towards darkness, slowly, page by page. Reading Ramslie is like holding a water balloon in your hands, waiting for it burst by itself: He keeps kneading the story, like a piece of dough that carefully rises … who is Ramslie writing for? Who will read him? Anyone who likes good, innovative literature”
“Only with the second book of Lars Ramslie’s Little Bird series it becomes obvious what a violent journey he has embarked on … This distance and proximity to the adult world – Maya understands the premises of this world, but cannot act according to them – is written with such precision that even the most cynical reader will be moved … Ramslie exposes the soreness of a sibling relationship in a way that is almost unbearable. As in the previous book, the reader is impressed with the how the author can write in such a distinct and yet so casual, everyday tone … a rich, sensuous depiction of a young girl”