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The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor

"I intend to stand firm and let the peacocks multiply, for I am sure that, in the end, the last word will be theirs."

When she was young, the writer Flannery O'Connor was captivated by the chickens in her yard. She would watch their wings flap, their beaks peck, and their eyes glint. At age six, her life was forever changed when she and a chicken she had been training to walk forwards and backwards were featured in the local news, and she realized that people want to see what is odd and strange in life. But while she loved birds of all varieties and kept several species around the house, it was the peacocks that came to dominate her life.

The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor explores the beginnings of one author's lifelong obsession. Written by Amy Alznauer with devotional attention to all things odd, and illustrated in radiant paint by Ping Zhu, this is a celebration both of O'Connor's life and of the beauty in things that are different.

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"Using bold swaths of color, Zhu often shows O’Connor from far off, visualizing her isolation; the birds, by contrast, sit front and center, their plumage crisp and colorful. Alznauer understands her subject’s instinctive attentiveness to the beauty of anything that doesn’t fit in: 'She felt her heart filling up with grief but even more with wonder. How strange to find something so large and beautiful rushing in with all that sadness.'" — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Amy Alznauer
Illustrator Ping Zhu
ISBN 1592702953
Publication Date Jun 16, 2020
Publisher Enchanted Lion Books
Language English