In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo (Paperback)

By Claire Tacon

Poplar Press, 9781928088578, 224pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2018

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When Henry Robinson's first daughter, Starr, is born with Williams Syndrome, he swears to devote his life to making her happy. More than twenty years later, we find Henry working at Frankie's Funhouse, where he repairs the animatronic band that Starr loves, wrestling with her attempts at living outside the family home. His wife, Kathy, wishes he would allow Starr more independence, hoping that Henry will turn his attention a little more to their own relationship and to their other daughter, who is pregnant. As tensions mount Henry's young co-worker, Darren, reveals he needs to get to Chicago Comic Con to win back his ex-girlfriend, so Henry packs Starr (and her pet turtles) and Darren (still dressed as Frankie the mascot) into the van for a road trip no one was prepared for.

About the Author

Claire Tacon’s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, the CBC Literary Prizes and the Playboy College Fiction Contest, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The New Quarterly, SubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. Claire is a lecturer at St. Jerome’s University and runs the fiction podcast The Oddments Tray with Chioke I’Anson.

Praise For In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo

“We were much engaged with this unsentimental portrait of a disintegrating marriage whose characters absorbed us. We were also drawn to the dailyness of Nova Scotia life the novel depicts. If ‘Canadian’ means much in our fiction, this book embodies it.” – Metcalf-Rooke Award on In the Field

"A character-driven story, in which characters are shown warts and all, but in such a way that we wind up liking, or at least understanding, all of them." –Prairie Fire on In the Field