Many of us read fiction like writers, so this group is especially attuned to aspiring writers who want to know more about the craft of writing. The books we chose are all available in paperback and can be found at the library in print or audio. This month's book:
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjorie Hudson was named one of two honorable mentions (along with The Art of Fielding) for the Pen/Hemingway Award for First Fiction.
Read this article about Marjorie's success in the 4/29/12 Sunday edition of the News and Observer.
Click HERE for the Readers' Guide to Accidental Birds of the Carolinas
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."
The Wonderland Book Club is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network (NCWN) www.ncwriters.org