An accidental death launches a brother into strange, foreign adventures

Thomas is a laid-back handyman until his mother asks him to go to Kathmandu and scatter the ashes of his older brother Paul. He is totally unprepared for travel, especially to exotic Nepal.

He uncovers Paul’s past as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. There was a lover, Helen, who stayed behind to embrace Buddhism. Her parents are still there working with Tibetan refugees. He meets Eike, an unlikely Buddhist shaman, or healer. He dabbles in meditation and Tantric sex, flirts with Helen, and makes some big mistakes.

The ashes are one issue. The other is Paul’s soul, the “white bird,” trapped in the bardo, the state between death and rebirth. Spiritual dramas cross the world, dragging Thomas’ soul into new territory.

White Bird is the third book I have read by author Ruta Sevo, and wow, Sevo has written another superb book that managed to captivate and compel me from the very start! White Bird is an exceptional novel that is the definition of the perfect contemporary fiction read that has a mix of themes including spirituality and family. I admit that I was very excited to read White Bird, especially because I have fallen in love with Sevo’s literature! From the beginning I found myself bewitched by the general premise and overlook of the story, I was excited for what was to come and wow Sevo did not disappoint! If you are a reader who is looking to get lost in a contemporary fiction novel with themes of family, then White Bird is the novel for you.

White Bird follows the protagonist of the novel Thomas, a man who is described as a ‘laid-back handyman.’ Thomas early on in the novel has been tasked to travel to Nepal to the Capital in Kathmandu; however, this is not a pleasure trip but rather a somber one because he is traveling here to spread the ashes of his older brother Paul. What happened to Paul I will not spoil, but this is the premise of the story. Once there the reader will be taken on what could be described as a behind the scenes look of Nepal, the reader will be taken away from the touristy spots and shown the heart of Nepal and what it is like for people to live there. The reader will experience this thanks to the following of many core characters who Thomas meets. One of the characters Thomas meets is Helen, Paul’s lover and this will shed light on who Paul really was, and this is the premise of White Bird.

The story of White Bird is exceptional and explores many poignant themes such as spirituality, Religion, and so many more topics. All of these themes are perfectly weaved together by Sevo’s writing talent and this, in turn, keeps the reader intrigued from the start to the end. I have to confess that I loved being apart of Thomas’s journey in Nepal, I have never been to Nepal but traveling through Nepal through the vessel of the story (Thomas) I felt as if I was there, walking among the streets and experiencing what he was and this was a lovely feeling.

White Bird, in my opinion, is a profoundly moving novel with many poignant themes. The profoundness of the story will move its readers, and this is the pure talent of Sevo’s literature. From the start I was captivated once again by Sevo’s glorious descriptions, the descriptions made me feel as if I was right in Nepal and that was such an incredible feeling.

Ruta Sevo is an incredible author who has managed to transfix and entertain me with her beautiful literature. I am impressed by the amount of depth Sevo has managed to lace throughout her book. Sevo ensures throughout her book that her readers are entertained and thrilled from beginning to end, and Sevo does this by weaving twists and turns throughout her book which yes, are incredibly entertaining! As well as this Sevo flawlessly weaves brilliant characterization and development of her characters that will keep the readers turning the pages from beginning to end.

Overall White Bird is an extraordinary piece of contemporary fiction that will entertain and thrill readers from beginning to end so I, of course, have to award the book five stars! It would be criminal not to. So please book lovers, have a read of the excellent book and get lost in an engrossing, captivating story… you will not regret it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on White Bird. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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Aimee Ann, Thank you for another reading of one of my books. WHITE BIRD was intended as an actual and a spiritual journey. I wanted to travel to Nepal with it. It turns out I actually travelled to Nepal while writing it, on a grueling hike up the Annapurna Valley. (There is a link to that story from my website.) One of my concerns was whether several years’ experience in Northern India (in my youth) was enough to give me the cultural setting for this story. The other big theme was a naïve person’s encounter with Buddhism, and Westerners who have fallen in love with Buddhism. I read many books about “Western Buddhist nuns.” And then there was the dimension of visions, psychic experiences (which my mother, I, and many others have shared), and the role of shamans who mediate between the “hidden world” and our daily lives by going into trance. As you noticed, the story is loaded with exotic experiences on many levels.

It is great to have this book in your library of riches, and to re-read this book through your eyes.

Aww thank you so much Ruta! I loved White Bird so much and love how you took us to Nepal, it was a pleasure and I look forward to what you write next!

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