From the publisher:
Set primarily on the island of Ibiza, the story is narrated by the writer Amanda Wordlaw, whose closest friend, a gifted sculptor named Catherine Shuger, is repeatedly institutionalized for trying to kill a husband who never leaves her. The three form a quirky triangle on the white-washed island.
A study in Black women’s creative expression, and the intensity of their relationships, this work from Jones shows off her range and insight into the vicissitudes of all human nature – rewarding longtime fans and bringing her talent to a new generation of readers.
The Birdcatcher is a ferocious defense of a woman’s right to make art— a precise, elegant, and unsentimental account of the subtle and unsubtle barriers thrown in her way. Gayl Jones suffers no fools, nor children, nor demonstratively supportive husbands, nor art scene sycophants. She wields language like a box cutter, some tiny surprise in every line. Staggeringly intelligent, the novel demands a reader’s fully embodied attention. This is one mean baby of a book.