Deborah Reed is among the dozen authors who will be at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles this Saturday, November 3, for their Northwest Author Festival. She has written three previous novels plus two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey braun. She divides her time between the eastern and western hemisphere, co-directing the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the Univesity of Freiburg and her home on the Oregon Coast. Her latest is The Days When Birds Come Back. The title is from an Emily Dickinson poem, which she talks about in our interview below.
About the book: June is in transition, reeling from her divorce, trying to stay sober, and faced with a completely stalled career. She returns to the beautiful Oregon coast where she grew up, and must decide what to do with her late and much-loved grandparents’ charming cedar-shingled home, a place haunted by memories of her childhood.
Jameson comes highly recommended to renovate the old house to sell, and from their first contact, his curiosity is piqued by June. He too is unmoored as he struggles to redefine his marriage in the aftermath of tragic loss, and over the course of the summer, his conversations with June about the house quickly turn to the personal — of secrets hidden in walls and of stories from the past half-told. Sensing connection, June and Jameson can’t seem to stop circling each other, shying away from hurt. But what can the future hold as long as they are gripped so firmly by the past?
Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home.
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