The Magpie's Return

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Running Wild Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.85 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays, and his work has been cited by or included in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Spiritual Writing, The Best Small Fictions, and the Norton anthology New Micro. His books include five story collections, two essay collections, and a book of creative nonfiction. The Magpie's Return is his fifth novel


"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.

"An affecting futuristic tale that manages to feel both urgent and timeless." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred review. Named best of July 2020.