Avery, a young widow from Iowa, travels to Nepal to connect with her late husband’s roots. Though she knows no more than that his village was called Baghmara, she’s willing to visit every Baghmara in the country if she must. But when she meets a young Nepali woman, Putali, and her mother, Khusbhu – two women also struggling to build new lives for themselves – Avery becomes more embroiled in the chaotic energy of the living than the histories of the dead, pursuing a connection far deeper than the one for which she’d been searching. Birds with Horse Hearts explores the entangled lives of three women as they navigate grief, freedom, and their own journeys to find people to call family and places to call home.
‘underneath these bone-hard micro-fictions runs a soft tissue of human connection’
~Rob Magnuson Smith, winner of the Elizabeth Jolley Prize and the Faulkner Wisdom Competition
‘strange and beautiful tale’
~Karen Hofmann, three-time winner of the Okanagan Short Fiction Contest
‘intimate and affecting’
~David Devanny, author of Wasps on the Way and winner of the Ictus Prize
Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-74-2; 196mm x 134mm; 60pp