Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey

Kathleen Rooney (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
August 11, 2020
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.3 X 8.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143135425

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About the Author

Kathleen Rooney is the author, most recently, of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin's Press, 2017) and the co-editor of RenΓ© Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). She is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her previous work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation and elsewhere. She teaches English and creative writing at DePaul University and lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay.

Reviews

"If you haven't yet discovered the offbeat genius of Kathleen Rooney, start here with a novel both heartbreaking and sharply funny. It justifies its own premise on the first page, and quickly surpasses that premise. Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is brilliant and surprising at every turn."
--Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer finalist for The Great Believers

"A properly mysterious, warmly convincing work of bright imagination. A pigeon and a haunted man returned generously, gently, to the story of the world."
--Sebastian Barry, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Days Without End

"Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is a splendid novel; so smart, so beautifully written--a heroic tale of the cross-species relationship between pigeon and man during the Great War. Affecting and imaginative, this story vibrated deep in my heart because it all felt so very true."
--Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake

"Kathleen Rooney's immersive, immaculate new novel is both a memorial and an imperative, broadening our collective definition of humanity and courage. In bell-clear prose, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey paints a harrowing portrait of the callousness and deep compassion of those--both man and bird--involved in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Like Rooney's rich and poignant characters, readers will emerge from the pocket irrevocably changed."
--Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild

"In this extraordinary novel Kathleen Rooney manages to transport the reader both inside the foxholes of World War I and above them, flying over a landscape grotesquely altered by a war whose logic defies all efforts--both human and animal--to grasp it. Both a gripping tale of survival during and after war, and a contemplation of the ties between human and animal, this is a beautiful, original, deeply empathetic book."
--Caitlin Horrocks, author of The Vexations

"Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is brilliant--elegant and wise, deeply felt and flecked with humor. Rooney has a gift for illuminating the intimate desires of her historical characters while offering insights into our own bruised reality. It takes command and courage to write a novel as daring yet as quietly resonant as this one. I was blown away."
--Sarah Domet, author of The Guineveres

Praise for Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk:

"Transporting...witty, poignant and sparkling."
―People (People Picks Book of the Week)

"Prescient and quick....A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal."
―Chicago Tribune

"Extraordinary...hilarious...Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time―and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
―Publishers Weekly *starred review*

"Rooney's delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney's nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor."
―Booklist *starred review*