Winner of the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize
The flight path of "The Spirit Bird" traces many landscapes and different transitory lives. A young man scratches out a living from the desert; a woman follows a rarely seen bird in the far reaches of Alaska; a poor single mother sorts out her life in a fancy mountain town. Other protagonists yearn to cross a racial divide, keep developers from a local island, explore their sexuality, and mourn a lost loved one. The characters in this collection are compelled to seek beyond their own horizons, and as the stories unfold, the search becomes the expression of their desires. The elusive spirit bird is a metaphor for what we ve lost, for what we hope for, and for what we don t know about ourselves."
The Spirit Bird
University of Pittsburgh Press
Drue Heinz Literature Prize