My Hummingbird Father





Salt publishes prizewinning poet Pascale Petit’s debut novel My Hummingbird Father on 15 September 2024
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‘I am in love with this book! Haunting, grotesque, lush and strangely tender. A stunning debut novel, afraid of nothing and deeply poetic.’ —Warsan Shire

My Hummingbird Father shatters and heals, distils redemption out of a history of pain and abuse, and is one of the most affecting books you will read this year. Petit’s jewelled sentences, rich in imagery and inspiration from the natural world weave tiny, beautiful lessons from sparrows, captive jaguars and broken humans together into a stunning, unforgettable tapestry.’ – NILANJANA ROY

‘Petit is a passionate laureate of the natural world, but alive to the cruelty of human
depredation’ – AINGEAL CLARE, THE GUARDIAN

SYNOPSIS

Pascale Petit’s My Hummingbird Father is a beautifully lyrical debut novel in dialogue with Pascale’s Ondaatje and Laurel Prize-winning poetry collection, Mama Amazonica.

When artist Dominique receives a letter from her dying father, a reckoning with repressed memories and a pull for romantic and familial love sends shock waves through her life, as she journeys to Paris to face the places and events of her early years.

Balanced with visits to the Venezuelan Amazon, where Dominique explores a spiritual and loving longing (meeting a young guide, Juan), a raw and tender unfolding of this love story is a parallel to the uncovering of the shocking truth of Dominique’s birth, and her parents’ relationship.

‘I wrote my novel after time spent with my estranged father in Paris, and in the otherworldly landscape of the Venezuelan Amazon. The city merged in my mind with the remote Amazonian plateau, Devil’s Mountain. This fictionalised story seeks redemption for a father but also juxtaposes an unspoilt landscape onto Paris, and vice versa, twinning abuse of women and children with abuse of the earth’ – PASCALE PETIT


PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS WORK BY PASCALE PETIT

‘Beautifully sad, the imagery inexhaustible, the sorrow and torment both tempered and
sharpened by the relish for language and the ingenuity of the imagination.’
SIMON ARMITAGE

‘Mama Amazonica stitches parallels between the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and
a mother and daughter’s experience of mental illness. We felt that in creating this duality
she might have achieved what should have been impossible.’
MONIZA ALVI, JUDGE, THE LAUREL PRIZE

‘She has a powerful, imagistic authority over the landscape.’
DALJIT NAGRA, FRONT ROW, BBC RADIO 4