Poland, 1941. A mother. A child. An impossible choice.
Poland, 1941. After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Róza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, spend day and night hidden in a farmer’s barn. Forbidden from making a sound, only the yellow bird from her mother’s stories can sing the melodies Shira composes in her head.
Róza does all she can to take care of Shira and shield her from the horrors of the outside world. They play silent games and invent their own sign language. But then the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Róza must face an impossible choice: whether the best thing she can do for her daughter is keep her close by her side, or give her the chance to survive by letting her go . . .
The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner is a powerfully gripping and deeply moving novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in even the darkest circumstances.
Woman & Home Book Club Pick
‘If you only read one book this year, make it The Yellow Bird Sings’ – AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird
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Prepare to have your heart broken by this moving tale of a mother who has to make an unbearable decision in order to save her child
Desperately moving and exquisitely written. If you only read one book this year, make it The Yellow Bird Sings. A beautiful story with achingly memorable characters, for me Jennifer Rosner’s novel stands alongside The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Code Name Verity as one of those profoundly special World War Two novels you know you will never forget
AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird
The Yellow Bird Sings is at the top of my reading list
The Yellow Bird Sings is a story of the ties that bind between mother and daughter – a captivating, quietly powerful telling of music, loss, longing and hope