The Book of Dead Birds Quotes

Gayle Brandeis
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Omma, if I can't save your birds, maybe I can save a little bit of your story.
-- Ava (Begin Reading)

Importance: Ava says this as she begins to tell her mother's story which begins in the next section of the narrative. Ava's mother's story is important because it is also Ava's story and explains why the two women are in their current state in life. It also helps the two women find forgiveness for Ava's mother plight as it explains why she has led the life that she has in the past.

You go, then...But don't you come flying back here. Don't even think you can come flying on back.
-- Hye-yang's mother (Cheju-Do Island, Korea, 1967)

Importance: Hye-yang's mother tells this to her when Hye-yang says that she wants to join Sun. The quote is significant because it helps explain shy Hye-yang's life has turned out the way it has. She is first a disappointment to her family and then...

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