The Birds meets The Princess Bride in this tale of friendship, responsibility, and the primal force of nature.
"Murder owls are extreme," Jude said. "What's more extreme than murder owls?"
Madigan Purdy is stuck in her home town library.
When tens of thousands of owls descend on the building, rending and tearing at anyone foolish enough to step outside, Mad is tasked with keeping her students safe, and distracted, while they seek a solution to their dilemma.
Perhaps they'll find the inspiration they seek in her favorite childhood book, The Silent Queen
With food and fresh water in low supply, the denizens of the library will have to find a way out, and soon, but the owls don't seem to be in a hurry to leave... The Parliament
is a story of grief and missed opportunities, but also of courage and hope.
And of extremely sharp beaks.
About the Author
Aimee Pokwatka grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia. She studied anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received her MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University. Her debut novel, Self-Portrait with Nothing was published in 2022 to wide acclaim. Her work has been published in Fairy Tale Review, Outlook Springs, Hunger Mountain, and elsewhere. She lives in New York with her family
Praise for Self-Portrait with Nothing
A New York Times Best Fantasy of 2022!
"A thrillingly inventive, highly original debut that manages to be both a compelling mystery story and a dazzling meditation on existence. Pokwatka's particular gift is her ability to see a strange concept through to its conclusion." --Booker Prize winner, George Saunders
"Aimee Pokwatka's Self-Portrait with Nothing
is tantalizing and elusive lacework, delicately balanced between the branches of fantasy, mystery and realism like a spider's web." --The New York Times
"Self-Portrait with Nothing
is a thoughtful, beautiful contemplation on identity and how we build ourselves from all the bones we're given, both by the people who love us and by the people who leave us. How is this a first novel? Gorgeously drawn characters in a new and compelling setting, this is a beautiful book that deserves to be read." --New York Times b
estseller, Seanan McGuire