By Kim Church

Dzanc Books, Paperback, 9781938604522, 239pp.

Publication Date: March 2014


"Brilliant writing--lively and heartbreaking at every turn."--Jill McCorkle, author of "Life After Life"

In this debut novel, 33-year-old Addie Lockwood bears and surrenders for adoption a son, her only child, without telling his father, little imagining how the secret will shape their lives. Through letters and spare, precisely observed vignettes, "Byrd" explores a birth mother's coming to make and live with the most difficult, intimate, and far-reaching of choices.

Kim Church's stories have appeared in "Shenandoah," "Painted Bride Quarterly," "Flash Fiction Forward," and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and Vermont Studio Center . She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski. "Byrd" is her first novel.