Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Excerpt & Giveaway: A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS

A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS
By Babette Fraser Hale


Pages: 216
Pub Date: March 1st, 2021
Categories: Short Stories / Literary Fiction

 

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Most are newcomers to the scenic, rolling countryside of central Texas whose charms they romanticize, even as the troubles they hoped to leave behind persist. Twelve stories highlight “the book’s recurring theme of desire—for freedom, for clarity, for autonomy, and for personal fulfillment…When women are alone, unencumbered and unbeholden to anyone, they engage in intense internal reflection and show reverence for nature—and during these scenes, Hale’s language is luminescent” (Kirkus Reviews). 


PRAISE FOR A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS: 
“Hale shows a great respect for her characters and for the difficulty of their deceptively ordered existence, as well as for the problems they suffer because so much cannot be spoken.” -- Francine Prose, on “Silences” 

“A vivid set of tales about connection to other people and to the natural world…Hale’s lovely prose shows a keen eye for detail…”  

-- Kirkus Reviews 


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Excerpt from “WOLF MOON,” included in

A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS

by Babette Fraser Hale 

She’s been waiting to see if her mother would eat with her, but Dawn’s snoring on the couch. Her dyed red hair has grown out gray at the roots, and a little drool from her open mouth pools into a dark blot on the cushion, a speech balloon for when there’s nothing left to say.

Kazie shucks the tamales onto a clean paper towel and carries them outside. Overhead, the full moon stares down with its off-center face.

Patches of rust make the table look dirty in the moonlight. Every spring Ray would paint the outdoor furniture, fertilize the lawn, do repairs. From here his workshop in the corner of the yard looks just like he left it, but inside the room humid dust congeals on the tools, paint thickens in the cans. He’d taught Kazie how to swing a hammer and use a level, but he died before he could teach her enough of what she needs to know. Not just about taking care of the place, although Dawn’s helpless that way. But about how to be in the world, how to stay alive, and why.

At the funeral, his coffin was closed, and she’d been afraid to ask exactly what was inside, what had been recovered after the explosion. She kept thinking he was out there, still, at his workbench. She could smell his sweat. And although she liked to imagine him hanging around the yard, it took months before she’d peer into a workshop window—she was too scared of what she’d see, and of what she wouldn’t.


Babette Fraser Hale’s fiction has won the Meyerson Award from Southwest Review, a creative artist award from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, and been recognized among the “other distinguished stories” in Best American Short Stories, 2015. Her story “Drouth” is part of the New York Public Library’s digital collection. Her nonfiction has appeared in Texas Monthly, Houston City, and the Houston Chronicle. She writes a personal essay column for the Fayette County Record.  





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1 comment:

  1. The little checkbox to LOVE IT has disappeared, so I will just say LOVE IT here. The excerpt is enticing. Thanks for the post.

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