Mar 3, 2022

‘stunning and beautiful’ Songbirds out now in paperback

Christy Lefteri’s

Published now in paperback by Bonnier/ Manilla Press Songbirds tells the story of Nisha who has crossed oceans to give her child a future. By day she cares for Petra's daughter; at night she mothers her own little girl by the light of a phone.

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One day, Nisha vanishes. No one cares about the disappearance of a domestic worker, except Petra, and Nisha's lover, Yiannis.

As they set out to search for her, they realise how little they knew about Nisha. What they uncover will change them both forever.



Praise for Songbirds:


“I’ve never read anything quite like SONGBIRDS — a beautifully crafted novel that sits at the intersection of race and class, that flags the frank truth of the life of migrant workers for whom a flight to freedom can become the most finely woven trap.”

Jodi Picoult, #1 NYT bestselling author of THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS


“Will break your heart and open your eyes”

Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz


In this heartfelt novel by the author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo, a Sri Lankan domestic worker goes missing from her employer’s home in Cyprus, and the widowed homeowner herself sets out to find her after the police show no interest.”

The New York Times (New and Noteworthy)

“Lefteri deftly weaves Yiannis’s pain at the loss of his love with Petra’s growing realizations about her own culture and Aliki’s attachment to her missing caretaker. Songbirds is quietly urgent in its treatment of Nicosia’s maids, thoughtful, compassionate and lyrical in its descriptions. Set in the old capital city of Cyprus, this is a beautiful, sad novel about human relationships and hard choices, who is seen and unseen.”

Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“I loved this tender, moving story about the powerful chord that binds mothers to daughters, about those we fail to see and protect. The humanity in Songbirds is compelling, tinged with sadness, delicately delivered with urgency. I finished this book and could not stop thinking about Nisha. It is stunning and beautiful, a magnificent achievement.”

Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice

“Like the vulnerable songbirds trapped in mist nets, Christy Lefteri’s characters—women who leave foreign lands to work abroad and send money back home—broke my heart and kept me turning the pages of her gorgeous novel well into the night.”

Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

“This thought-provoking novel of love, loss, and redemption is thoroughly sublime.”

Caroline Montague, author of An Italian Affair

“Lefteri is an astonishing weaver of stories that speak to the world with humor and compassion. She is imaginatively daring as she is socially responsible in a style that sustains a compelling narrative from start to end and that kept me on the edge.”

Daljit Nagra, author of British Museum

“[Songbirds’s]characters are engaging and its story moving. This well-crafted novel puts a poignantly human face on often invisible migrant workers.”

Kirkus Reviews

“An aura of menace pervades this unflinching tale of loss and devotion.”

Booklist

“The novel is beautifully written and moving. Lefteri’s fans won’t be disappointed.”

Publishers Weekly

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