“Sensitively written and gently understanding of human frailty . . . Greenway’s rapturous prose and warm empathy assert that there is beauty to be found in even the unhappiest lives.” Washington Post
“Atmospheric and engrossing.” People
Winner of the Los Angeles Times
Award for First Fiction, Alice Greenway’s second novel is a lush and evocative story of war, love, aging, and birds.
Slowing down from a hard-lived life and a recent leg amputation, ornithologist Jim Kennoway retreats to an island in Maine: to drink, smoke, and be left alone. There, he thinks back to his youth, working for Naval Intelligence during World War II in the Solomon Islands. While spying on Japanese shipping from behind enemy lines, Jim befriended Tosca, a young islander who worked with him as a scout. Now, thirty years later, Tosca has sent his daughter Cadillac to stay with Jim in the weeks before she begins premedical studies at Yale. She arrives to Jim’s consternationyet she will capture his heart and that of everyone she meets, irrevocably changing their lives.