The Magpie's Return

Curtis Smith (Author) Peter Wright (Editor)


Kayla perceives her world in vectors and variables, in quantities given and determined. She's a prodigy. A genius. Yet there are equations she can't solve. The vexing interactions of high school. The religious and populist politics that engulf the country. The nuclear exchanges that have darkened half the Earth. When the terrible tides crash into her life, Kayla is whisked from all she's known and deposited in a home for abandoned girls. Here, she finds love and acceptance and a sorrowful kinship--and also, the same violent divisions that tore apart her old life.

Rendered in lyrical prose and vivid imagery, The Magpie's Return paints a picture of revenge, redemption, and the quest for survival of one strong soul lost in a world gone mad.

Product Details

$21.99  $20.23
Running Wild Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2020
5.0 X 0.85 X 7.99 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author

Curtis Smith's stories and essays have appeared in over seventy literary journals. His work has been named on The Best American Short Stories Distinguished Stories List, The Best American Mystery Stories Distinguished Stories List, and the Notable Writing list of The Best American Spiritual Writing. His books include LOVEPAIN (Braddock Avenue Books), COMMUNION (Dock Street Press), WITNESS (sunnyoutside), and more. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and son.


"The Magpie's Return is one of the most original novels I've read in a long while. Curtis Smith's prose is kinetic and supple, and I found the narrative gripping from the outset. This is very much a book for these times, by a writer of considerable gifts. I urgently recommend it."--Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World

"Curtis Smith is that rare writer who can tell a harrowing tale while honoring a love stronger than hurt. The Magpie's Return is a wild ride, a cry from the heart, and a remarkable achievement." -- Charles Holdefer, acclaimed author and Pushcart Prize winner.