Mourning Dove


Product Details

Iron Stream Media
Publish Date
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.53 inches | 0.77 pounds

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About the Author

Claire Fullerton is the author of the paranormal mystery A Portal in Time and the contemporary fiction Dancing to an Irish Reel, which is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. An avid journal-keeper, Claire has been writing her entire life, beginning her professional career as a published poet and including her weekly column, "In First Person," with the Malibu Surfside News. A frequent contributor to magazines and online literary journals, her work has appeared in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Celtic Life International, and Southern Writers Magazine, in which two of her short stories have placed in their yearly competition. Drawn to the art of communication in its various manifestations, Claire enjoyed a nine-year, on-air career at four Memphis radio stations before she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked successfully in the music business as an artist and repertoire agent. For eight years, Claire taught ballet and Pilates in three Malibu centers, and she continues to teach privately to this day. She considers herself a proud southerner from Memphis who now lives by the Malibu ocean with her husband, two German shepherds, and one black cat. Mourning Dove is Claire's third novel and her novella, "Through an Autumn Window," appeared in the book The South in All Seasons. Discover all of Claire's social media links on her website, http: //


Set against the backdrop of a complicated 1970s South - one both forward-looking and still in love with the past - and seen through the eyes of a Minnesota girl struggling to flourish in Memphis society, Mourning Dove is the story of two unforgettable siblings with a bond so strong even death can't break it. Claire Fullerton has given us a wise, relatable narrator in Millie. Like a trusted friend, she guides us through the confounding tale of her dazzling brother Finley, their beguiling mother Posey, and a town where shiny surfaces often belie reality. Like those surfaces, Fullerton's prose sparkles even as she leads us into dark places, posing profound questions without any easy answers.

Margaret Evans, Editor, Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort, SC
Former Editorial Assistant to Pat Conroy

Claire Fullerton knows how to get a voice going. I'm talking distinctive, authoritative, original as all get out. Narrator Millie Crossan will grab you by your high-ball-holding hand and set you down in privileged Memphis with her family and not let you go. Get ready for the Crossan layers to be peeled back and universal struggles exposed.

Bren Mc Clain, author of the award-winning novel One Good Mama Bone

In Mourning Dove, Claire Fullerton deftly weaves the story of a Memphis family into a fine fabric laden with delicious intricacy and heart. A true Southern storyteller.

Laura Lane McNeal, Bestselling author of Dollbaby

Every sentence tells a complete story in and of itself. A rare accomplishment by any writer! What an excellent novel--put it on your Must Read List for 2018! Millie Crossan tells the story of her brother Finley, life in the South, and the anguish and joy of growing up in an eclectic and ever-changing household with rare poetic prose. Such a wonderful book.

Valerie MacEwan, Editor The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature