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Aviary

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Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/13/2021

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Aviary

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696604741

Summary

From Deirdre McNamer, a masterful exploration of the rich and hidden facets of human character, as illuminated by the mysterious connections among the residents of a senior residence in Montana.

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At the deteriorating Pheasant Run, the occupants keep their secrets and sadnesses locked tight behind closed apartment doors. Kind Leo Umberti, formerly an insurance agent, now quietly spends his days painting abstract landscapes and mourning a long-ago loss. Down the hall, retired professor Rydell Clovis tries desperately to stay fit enough to restart a career in academia. Cassie McMackin, on the same floor, has seemingly lost everything—her husband and only child dead within months of each other—leaving her loosely tethered to this world. And a few doors away, her friend, Viola Six, is convinced of a criminal conspiracy involving the building's widely disliked manager, Herbie Bonebright. Cassie and Viola dream of leaving their unhappy lives behind, but one woman's plan is interrupted—and the other's unexpectedly set into motion—when a fire breaks out in Herbie's apartment.

Called to investigate is the city's chief fire inspector, Lander Maki—who finds the fire itself, and the circumstances around it, highly suspicious. Viola has disappeared. So has Herbie. And a troubled teen, Clayton Spooner, was glimpsed fleeing the scene. In trying to fit together the pieces of this complicated puzzle, Lander finds himself learning more than expected about human nature and about personal and corporate greed.

Reviews/Praise

"McNamer brings great care to describing her main characters as they gain a renewed purpose for living. This is a worth a spin." ―Publishers Weekly

"[T]his is no geriatric whodunit, and author McNamer is not so concerned with exposing the perp . . . She's more interested in the indignities of old age, memory and loss, and what one character calls 'the secret of ongoingness.'" ―Kirkus Reviews

"Quietly revelatory . . . Populated by a motley crew of residents, Pheasant Run hides mysteries behind its many doors, and McNamer reveals them with insight, grace, and humor, offering up a profoundly beautiful exploration of the limits―and lack thereof―of the human experience." ―Refinery29, "Best New Books of 2021"

Author Bio

Deirdre McNamer is the author of the novels Rima in the Weeds, One Sweet Quarrel, My Russian, and Red Rover, which was a winner of the Montana Book Award and was named a best book of the year by Artforum, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Missoula, Montana.