Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjorie Hudson

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Like birds blown off course, the characters in these stories need a place to roost-somewhere to settle long enough to repair their ragged hearts-and they find it near the banks of the mythical Sissipahaw River. In the centerpiece story, an eighteenth-century Eno Indian tells of the fiery fate of his adopted father, English explorer John Lawson. In the surrounding stories, the age-old conflicts between newcomer and old-timer play out as twenty-first century retirees, carnies, runaways, heartbroken women, and farmers stumble into new lives and new insights in Ambler County, North Carolina. "Hudson's prose is pure as birdsong," says novelist Doris Betts. "These fine stories of change and discovery are a field guide to the human species in transition."

About Marjorie Hudson

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Hudson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She has worked as features editor of National Parks magazine, contributing editor of American Land Forum, and freelance contributor to many journals and magazines on the subjects of history, environment, and the arts.
Published September 17, 2011 by Press 53. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Evocative and distinctive stories that occasionally fall short of the author's ambition.

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