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Winter Wren

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Winter Wren

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WINTER WREN

THERESA KISHKAN

Fish Gotta Swim Editions

Theresa Kishkan writes compelling fiction and poetry. Her latest work, Winter Wren, is the first publication from Fish Gotta Swim Editions, a new company that specializes in novellas. Like Kishkan's other work, Winter Wren is a gem-brilliant and reflective.

It tells the story of Grace, who spent her young adult life in France studying and making art. It takes place in the 1970s on the B.C. coast, an era of community potlucks where local musicians played and "hippy kids" fell asleep under benches while the grown-ups danced.

Grace has ended a long-term relationship, her mother has died and she finds refuge in a beach cabin accessed through a tunnel of salal. On her first morning there, she hears the song of a tiny winter wren, whose Latin name is Troglodytes pacificus, "the ones who creep into the holes." Like Grace, they nest in cave-like dwellings in the forests of western North America. The wren's voice is pure and vibrant, like a flute playing a Bach partita. …

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