Byrd by Kim Church
"Brilliant writing—lively and heartbreaking at every turn."
—Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life
“A riveting debut. Kim Church is a very talented writer.”
—Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena and Nothing Gold Can Stay
"Beautiful, dream-like language … connects us directly with the experience of all the characters. It goes right to the heart, without being filtered through the brain, the way a smell connects you to a memory."
—Nancy Peacock, New York Times notable author of Life Without Water and The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson
Set in North Carolina and points west, Byrd is the story of Addie Lockwood, an independent single woman who, at thirty-three, gives birth to a son and surrenders him for adoption without telling his father, little imagining how the secret will shape their lives. Told through short chapters, vignettes, and Addie’s letters to her son, Byrd is an unforgettable story about making and living with the most difficult, intimate, and far-reaching of choices.
Kim Church’s stories and poetry have appeared in Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Raleigh. Her web address is www.kimchurch.com.