In Hovering Flight (Hardcover)

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“In Hovering Flight is the story of a couple, Addie and Tom, a bird painter and a bird scientist, of their romance and marriage, and of their only daughter, Scarlet. In lovely but precise language Joyce Hinnefeld slowly reveals the larger world and the more intimate landscapes within it. This is a remarkable first novel and a unforgettable story.”
— Cheryl Upchurch, Capitol Book & News Company, Montgomery, AL

October 2008 Indie Next List


“In Hovering Flight is the story of a couple, Addie and Tom, a bird painter and a bird scientist, of their romance and marriage, and of their only daughter, Scarlet. In lovely but precise language Joyce Hinnefeld slowly reveals the larger world and the more intimate landscapes within it. This is a remarkable first novel and a unforgettable story.”
— Cheryl Upchurch, Capitol Book & News Company, Montgomery, AL

Description


At 34, Scarlet Kavanagh has the kind of homecoming no child wishes, a visit back to family and dear friends for the gentle passing of her mother, Addie, a famous bird artist and an even more infamous environmental activist. Though Addie and her husband, ornithologist Tom Kavanagh, have made their life in southeastern Pennsylvania, Addie has chosen to die at the New Jersey home of her dearest friend, Cora. This is because the Kavanagh’s ramshackle cottage is filled with too much history and because, in the last ten years or so, and for reasons that are not entirely clear, even bird song has seemed to make Addie angry, or sad, or both. Now, in their final moments together, Scarlet hopes to put to rest the last tensions that have marked their relationship.

Through tender conversations with Cora and Lou, another of Addie’s dear friends, Scarlet slowly comes to peace with her mother’s complicated life. But can she do the same with her own? Scarlet has carried a secret into these foggy days - a secret for Addie, one that involves Cora, too.

In its structure and style this novel follows in the tradition of writers like Virginia Woolf, Harriet Doerr, and Carol Shields: musical and dramatic, with myriad stories and voices. But the evocative language of this soaring novel is Hinnefeld’s own.

About the Author


Joyce Hinnefeld is an associate professor of writing at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of a short story collection, TELL ME EVERYTHING AND OTHER STORIES (University Press of New England, 1998), which was awarded the 1997 Breadloaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize in fiction in 1997. IN HOVERING FLIGHT is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781932961584
ISBN-10: 1932961585
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Publication Date: September 2008
Pages: 260
Language: English