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Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. On a snowy Thanksgiving day in North Carolina, a dreamy eight-year-old is pushed headlong into the adult world by a violent quarrel between his parents. Jim Grimsley's brilliant first novel unfolds in a strikingly unconventional way--as the boy tells himself his own story. A shattering story of heartbreak, violence, and the endurance of the spirit. "Tell everyone."--Dorothy Allison, author of BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA.
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In Jim Grimsley's remarkable first novel, Winter Birds, Danny Crell tells himself his own story, and in doing so illuminates the heartbreaking story of his father's violent tyranny over his mother, his sister, and his three younger brothers.
The novel begins on Thanksgiving in rural North Carolina in a broken-down cottage the Crell children have nicknamed "The Circle House." Ellen Crell's attempts at a family meal are thwarted and finally disastrously ruined when Bobjay draws her into a violent quarrel. It leads to a chase wherein Bobjay is the hunter, Ellen the prey, and their five children are caught in between.
Winter Birds is a haunting, unforgettable portrait of an American family shattered by violence, and of the lengths a woman will go to keep her family whole.About the Author:
Jim Grimsley is the author of four previous novels, among them Winter Birds, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; Dream Boy, winner of the GLBTF Book Award for literature; My Drowning, a Lila-Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award winner; and Comfort and Joy. He lives in Atlanta and teaches at Emory University.
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Book Description Algonquin Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1994-First Edition/First Printing. 209 pages. Book & dustjacket are in excellent condition. Unread. Hardback. Mylar jacket. 1994-01-09. Seller Inventory # SKU-7000380
Book Description Algonquin Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Grimsley, Jim. WINTER BIRDS. Signed copy. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, c2004. Third printing. 209pp, signed by author on title page. 8vo. New trade hardcover with as new d/j. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 67465
Book Description Algonquin Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111565120752
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