By Mary McCarthy
A poignant and evocative novel of self-discovery that follows a tender guy in the USA and out of the country, on a trip into maturity through the turbulent 1960s
It is 1964, and Peter Levi, a tender scholar and chook watcher, has come to Paris to review on the Sorbonne. Shy and blameless at nineteen years outdated, he arrives clean from a longer Maine vacation together with his vivacious mom, and is set to stay a existence freed from undesirable issues and pointless pressure. yet this can be an period of significant switch on the earth, a time whilst conflict is looming in Southeast Asia and social unrest is simmering. there's a lot to bother and confuse the younger American as he trips via international countries—and feelings—into maturity. For Peter, the simplicity of formative years is over—and his new lifestyles is changing into more and more advanced in an international turning out to be extra unrecognizable by way of the day.
Mary McCarthy’s splendid Birds of America is a relocating and remarkable coming-of-age story: the unforgettable tale of a tender man’s awakening, and a beautiful evocation of the disorienting switch of the Sixties.