A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers: Stories (Paperback)

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Winner, 2022 Texas Institute of Letters Sergio Troncoso Award for Best First Book of Fiction

Each of the flawed, fully human characters we meet in these twelve stories faces a moment of life-altering transformation. 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.

A young pianist struggles to keep her emotionally fragile boyfriend alive; a displaced New Yorker’s ambivalence with guns results in two fractured families; an oil man gambles on his estranged daughter’s integrity. The complicated history of this German-Czech region, where the stories are set, anchors the experience of two young artists who make a costly decision in 1862.

In graceful and precise, often lyrical, prose, Fraser Hale immerses us in lives whose superficial privilege provides no real protection against the unexpected.

About the Author

BABETTE FRASER HALE’s short fiction has won the Meyerson Award from Southwest Review, a creative artist award from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, and was recognized among the “other distinguished stories” in Best American Short Stories, 2015. She lives in central Texas and Houston with her husband and large, often muddy, dog.

Praise For…

“Hale’s lovely prose shows a keen eye for detail . . . [as she] explores . . . 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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780965746892
ISBN-10: 0965746895
Publisher: Winedale Publishing
Publication Date: March 5th, 2021
Pages: 216
Language: English