How to turn into a bird / María José Ferrada ; translated by Elizabeth Bryer.
- ISBN: 9781953534460
- ISBN: 1953534465
- Physical Description: 216 pages ; 21 cm
- Publisher: Portland, OR : Tin House, 
"After years of hard work in a factory outside of Santiago, Chile, Ramón accepts a peculiar job: to look after a Coca-Cola billboard located by the highway. And it doesn't take long for Ramón to make an even more peculiar decision: to make the billboard his new home. Twelve-year-old Miguel is enchanted by his uncle's unusual living arrangement, but the neighborhood is buzzing with gossip, declaring Ramón a madman bringing shame to the community. As he visits his uncle above it all, Miguel comes to see a different perspective, and finds himself wondering what he believes-has his uncle lost his mind, as everyone says? Is madness-and the need for freedom-contagious? Or is Ramón the only one who can see things as they really are, finding a deeper meaning in a life they can't understand from the ground? When a local boy disappears, tensions erupt and forgotten memories come to the surface. And Miguel, no longer perched in the billboard with his uncle, witnesses the reality on the ground: a society that, in the name of peace, is not afraid to use violence. With sharp humor and a deep understanding of a child's mind, How to Turn Into a Bird is a powerful tale of coming-of-age, loss of innocence, and shifting perspectives that asks us: how far outside of our lives must we go to really see things clearly?"-- Provided by publisher.
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