The Song of the Stork, Stephan Collishaw
Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.
Fifteen year old Yael is on the run. The Jewish girl seeks shelter from the Germans on the farm of the village outcast. Aleksei is mute and solitary, but as the brutal winter advances, he reluctantly takes her in and a delicate relationship develops. As her feelings towards Aleksei change, the war intrudes and Yael is forced to join a Jewish partisan group fighting in the woods. Torn apart and fighting for her life, The Song of the Stork is Yael's story of love, hope, and survival. It is the story of one woman finding a voice as the voices around her are extinguished.
This novel is a gem of beauty. There’s something quite special about it, in the style of it, in the aesthetic of it all.
It felt like watching a Monet painting, to me.
Extremely detailed, very fluid, beautifully crafted, this story tackled a very hard topic of History, yet with incredible elegance. It was tough, intense, hard but hopeful.
A tale of survival.
Stephan Collishaw has a way with words, that’s a given. The respect he gives to them is plain on the paper, and his descriptions are exquisite.
There’s an “out of this world” air about this book, and I’m sure it’s one that won’t be forgotten easily.