How would our lives be different if we could weather the storms of tragedy and loss without fear? What if the fearlessness were not a result of isolation from others or insulation in false hope and comforting beliefs, but of full immersion in uncertainty, armed only with the knowledge and trust that what we perceive as the entirety of a lifetime is nothing compared to what Life really is?
These are the core questions at the heart of “Birding in the Face of Terror.” With the raw, surreal events of September 11, 2001 as the backdrop, the story is told by two parallel narrators, Joseph and Pedro. Both must come to terms with psychological exiles of their own devising. Joseph, trapped by circumstance as an eyewitness to the terrifying events on the East Coast, is forced from his agoraphobic shell into a hero’s role, while Pedro is on the West Coast, secluded and silenced by forces also beyond his control, left to plumb his own interior landscape to make sense of it all. The saving grace of connection comes in ways both ordinary and mysterious when a middle road emerges between their extremes.
As John Donne famously told us, “No man is an island.” Birding contemplates this timeless truth anew. Though it flips the bird in the face of our post-9/11 security hysteria and de facto state religion, it does so by pointing toward an alternate way of seeing that confounds common assumptions about who we are. While thus tipping some of our most sacred cows, it makes space for everyday miracles to work their wonders through characters who never expected themselves to be holy. The result is an upwelling inspiration, steeped in a no-nonsense, hopepunk spirituality that will speak to today’s savvy, multicultural truth seekers. It is an antidote for our age of anxiety, a testament of love and wholeness for a culture broken by fear.
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“Some stories have a way of moving us to laughter and tears, and provoking thought. This is one of those stories. I believe there is something in here to which everyone can relate deeply. It truly is a small, enormous, wonderful world we live in.”
“Every now and again an author seems to catch your thoughts and put them on paper. Waldo Noesta has done just that. Within the context of one of the most tragic events in recent history, he shares with us his vision of god/source/spirituality. A compelling story, told with clarity, humour and tears.”
“Intelligently written and thought provoking. A captivating read that’s good for the soul. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Birding’ and anxiously await Mr. Noesta’s next publication.”
“This book is clever. A tale of woe, wanderlust and expansive love… Framed in a modern, radical and indeed heretical notion about the nature of The Supreme Being. Heck yeah.”
–excerpts from reviews at the Amazon page for “Birding’s” first incarnation
EXCERPTS FROM BIRDING
Act I: Introducing Nadia
Act II: Meeting Betty Pickett
Act III: News reaches the bus
Act IV: The birding show goes on
Act V: Inner Light
RELATED ARTICLES AND LINKS
Birding: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack –find out why the soundtrack was finished before the book and the film version
LATEST NEWS (2.16.20)
At this time, ND Media is no longer under contract with Birding’s original publisher. Waldo has completed a slight revision of the novel, and we are shopping for a new self-publishing outfit. Hoping to have the book in print again by summer 2020. Details here when they arise!