Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch

A finalist for the Orange Prize, Jamrach’s Menagerie (Doubleday, $25.95), by Carol Birch, is a beautiful and magical tale of the sea.  Jaffy Brown is an eight-year-old street urchin in 19th-century London. A chance encounter with a tiger leads the boy to meet Mr. Jamrach, an importer of wild animals.  Years pass. The teenage Jaffy and his best friend Tim join a whaling ship bound for the South Pacific.  They are not seeking to become whalers (though their experience of the hunt is masterfully told) but to find and capture a dragon for one of Mr. Jamrach’s clients.  What follows is a truly enthralling saga—there’s not only a dragon hunt, but a terrible storm, and a struggle for survival on the cruel ocean.  With sophistication and a superb eye for detail, Birch describes the wonders and horrors of Jaffy’s voyage and also explores his innermost thoughts and feelings.  A stirring love letter to both sea and land, Jamrach’s Menagerie is the perfect adventure tale for the beach or by the pool.

Jamrach's Menagerie: A Novel By Carol Birch Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307743176
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2012

Jamrach's Menagerie By Carol Birch Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385534406
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - June 14th, 2011