Maria Mutch’s memoir, Know the Night, was a finalist for both a Governor General’s Literary Award and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and was listed in the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 and Maclean’s Best Reads. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, the Malahat Review, and Poets & Writers. When We Were Birds is her debut short story collection. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons. Website: mariamutch.com. Twitter: @maria_mutch.
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Reviews of When We Were Birds:
- “Short fiction collection is fierce, brutal, visceral and gorgeous” – In the Toronto Star
- “The collection’s otherworldly bent is contained in its very title, which evokes some mythological setting where transformation between species is possible” – In Quill & Quire
- “Writing shapes virtually every day, including my sleep (I wake up fairly often in the night with an idea or a line that I then have to write down), and it greatly affects what I read” – In the Iceland Writers’ Retreat
- “The book is a collection of short stories that breathe new life into tales including Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Bluebeard” – On Go Local Prov
When We Were Birds
Wolves talk, notes magically appear on a woman’s skin, Red Riding Hood concocts a clever escape, a peregrine turns into a woman with strange compulsions, and a winged man believed to be a famous musician is discovered stranded on a beach. These deliciously dark and evocative stories masterfully navigate the blurry line between perception and reality, revolving around metamorphosis and transformation, the dichotomy of absence and presence, and the place of women in the world – how they fit or don’t and how they disappear and reappear in the strangest of ways.