Nest by Esther Ehrlich


Nest by Esther Ehrlich

I run all the way to my tree, so that once I get there, my body's nice and warm. Most people would say it's too cold now to hang out in a salt marsh, even with the sun and even with a baby blanket wrapped around me, but I'm not most people. Eleven-year-old Naomi 'Chirp' Orenstein and her family live an idyllic life on Cape Cod on the east coast of America. Surrounded by sandy beaches, fresh air and wildlife, Chirp is free to roam as she pleases. But when Chirp's mum is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, her happy little world begins to collapse around her. Chirp finds solace in her beloved birdwatching, and her friendship with mysterious outsider Joey. Chirp and Joey take on the world together, dreaming up a host of daring adventures. They explore the woods and the salt marshes - they want to see everything they can. But Chirp cannot keep running forever.


'A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters, this novel is an emotional roller coaster that effectively conveys a family's visceral tragedy.'

'A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship.'

'Ehrlich has a marked ability to construct a narrative that rings true...[and] deals with the issues of physical and mental illness in a supremely balanced way.'

'Beautifully captures the fragile bond shared by Chirp and Joey.'

'a book that gives a real insight into pain and suffering, leaving the reader pondering after'. Parents in Touch'

About the Author

Esther Ehrlich visited Cape Cod every summer with her parents as a child, and it was this that inspired her to write Nest, her debut novel. She lives in San Francisco, USA.

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336 pages


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Publication date

7th February 2015



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