For the Birds

August 29, 2008

I’m sure someone somewhere knows exactly how often it is that a debut novelist makes it to number one on any list. I am also sure that it is probably statistically more likely to happen on a list compiled by booksellers than on any other book list, though I’m betting that the chances are still pretty small. Enter Joyce Hinnefeld!

In Hovering Flight is lovely, just lovely. Hinnefeld clearly grasps and delicately illuminates the ways in which our families and our geographic surroundings shape our lives. With such complex and heartfelt characters, I’m hard-pressed to think of any reader who wouldn’t find something that pulls them in. A quietly moving book, one can almost hear the songs of the birds that weave their way in and out of the plot, sometimes symbolic, sometimes characters in their own right, but always reminders of what it is that we have, and what we stand to lose.

In Hovering Flight is number one on the September Indie Next list, and it couldn’t have happened to a better book.

Lots o’ Goodness

August 27, 2008