By Kim Church
(Dzanc Books, Paperback, 9781938604522, 239pp.)
Publication Date: March 2014
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"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.
- Why do you think Addie chooses not to keep her son? Do you think she makes the right choice? Why or why not?