Hendersonville Pop-up: Meagan Lucas presents Songbirds and Stray Dogs

In Songbirds and Stray Dogs, Jolene has been abandoned by her addict mother on the steps of her spinster aunt’s door at eight years old. She’s spent the last thirteen years living in the shadow of the pain her mother caused and trying to prove herself worthy of her aunt’s stingy love. Unintentionally she becomes pregnant. When the father refuses her and her aunt kicks her out, Jolene tries to outrun her shame by heading to the mountains. Homeless, penniless, alone, and chased by demons from her past, she makes friends who help and hinder. She is forced to confront exactly who she is, what she wants, and what she is willing to do to get it.

Geography and a sense of place are central to Songbirds and Stray Dogs. It is a Southern story, born of sweet tea and the Bible Belt, chow-chow and cornbread, shotguns and porch rocking. But it is also a universal story of escaping the burden of your past and finding yourself at home in a strange land.

Meagan Lucas is Pushcart nominated writer. Her short work has appeared recently in: The New Southern Fugitives, Still: The Journal, and The Blue Mountain Review. She won the 2017 Scythe Prize for fiction. Meagan is an Adjunct Instructor at A-B Tech, and the Fiction Editor for Barren Magazine. She lives with her husband and children in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She tweets: @mgnlcs

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Event address: 
The Center for Arts and Inspiration
125 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Songbirds and Stray Dogs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599487526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Main Street Rag Press - August 1st, 2019