UK - Penguin
Japan - Kawade Shobo Shinsha

Birds of America

By Mary McCarthy

Published Feb 2018

Peter Levi, a shy and sensitive American teenager, moves to Paris to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, where he is determined to live a life in harmony with his own

Idealistic views.  But the world is changing at breakneck pace, with nuclear war looming abroad and racial tensions simmering at home.  Before long, Peter’s naive illusions are shattered, as he finds himself an unwilling participant in an era of extraordinary change.

Birds of America is an unforgettable and deeply moving story of person and political turmoil, of the strange and surprising nature of growing up; and of the questions we face when we examine who we really are.


One of America’s leading women of letters, a writer with a reputation for acerbic insights and penetrating prose.



Fiercely intelligent, insatiable combative, McCarthy’s novels invite controversy.

Penelope Lively


A writer known for her wit, her glamour and the shocking candour of her fiction.

New Yorker