Ornithologist's Guide to Life: Stories

Ornithologist's Guide to Life: Stories

by Ann Hood


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"A collection of short stories that makes it possible to be proud to be human."—Carolyn See, Washington Post

Looking at her characters as if through a pair of binoculars, Ann Hood captures the extraordinary in the ordinary. A pregnant woman left by her husband cooks obsessively to cope with her loss, but never tastes a morsel. In an attempt to stay sober, a young alcoholic seduces her priest and embarks on a tour of caverns with him. An adolescent girl picks up bird-watching as a hobby and, in her newfound habit of observing others, discovers a budding romance between her mother and her neighbor. These stories, many published in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Story, and The Colorado Review, are full of characters seeking an escape from their lives while uncovering small moments of understanding that often have huge implications and consequences. They discover that they can only find peace once they stop searching for a way out. Through diverse voices and lively storytelling, Hood creates authentic, personal, secret worlds full of eccentric detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393327045
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/17/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through
Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

An Ornithologist's Guide to Life is, for one thing, a collection of short stories that makes it possible to be proud to be human; it's an antidote to the vulgarity, love-of-violence and bone-dumb stupidity we tend to encounter every day. (Or, maybe I just hang out with the wrong crowd.) These tales are unpretentious, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but all written from a position of tenderness so profound that at any moment, on any page, feeling bursts, explodes, into painful knowledge or knowledgeable pain.
The Washington Post

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