What the Bird Sees in Flight : Collected Stories of a New Zealand Farming Family - Joseph R Goodall

What the Bird Sees in Flight

Collected Stories of a New Zealand Farming Family

By: Joseph R Goodall

Paperback | 27 April 2021

At a Glance

Paperback


$25.41

Aims to ship in 10 to 15 business days

Set among the rolling green hills of New Zealand's verdant Waikato District, this episodic collection of short stories opens a window into the life of a twentieth century dairy farming family. Nuanced and thought-provoking, the accessible tales highlight the emotions, disagreements and aspirations dwelling just below the surface in each member of the Hester clan.


From a fishing boat surrounded by a school of whales, to an unexpected kiss in a second-hand shop, to an overnight manhunt in the mountains, this series of poignant snapshots spans the Great Depression into mid-century, depicting the relationships between Duncan and Isla and their five children, Rangi, Anna, Joshua, Ron and Wally, as they navigate managing a farm, as well as loss, transition, identity, faith, estrangement and legacy-building. 


Loosely based on the author's great-grandparents, What the Bird Sees in Flight offers a creative perspective on the complexity of family relationships and the desire for belonging we all carry.


---


Joseph R. Goodall was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent his childhood in Florida. An engineer by trade, Goodall's writing focuses on the intersection of human relationships, place making and the environment. He lives in Atlanta with his wife.

Industry Reviews

"The best kind of historical fiction...gave me an understanding and perspective for [the average person's] struggles that I never knew I needed."

"Thoughtful and genuine...with wit and realism...the stories had me reflecting on memories within my own family, and I imagine the effect will be the same for other readers."

"There's a seed of genuine familial love that comes out occasionally, but most of the time, it's buried beneath a begrudging tolerance...I feel rewarded when I get to the speck of love...well written, good sense of place."

More in Short Stories

You Like It Darker : Twelve Dark New Stories - Stephen King

RRP $34.99

$18.00

49%
OFF
A Stroke of the Pen : The Lost Stories - Terry Pratchett

RRP $32.99

$26.95

18%
OFF
If I Survive You : Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023 - Jonathan Escoffery
We All Lived in Bondi Then - Georgia Blain

RRP $29.99

$24.90

17%
OFF
Old Babes in the Wood : Collected Stories - Margaret Atwood

RRP $22.99

$19.50

15%
OFF
Antarctica : 'A genuine once-in-a-generation writer.' THE TIMES - Claire Keegan
Stitches : Junji Ito - Hirokatsu Kihara

RRP $27.00

$22.95

15%
OFF
Safe Enough : And other stories - Lee Child

RRP $34.99

$18.00

49%
OFF
The House of Hades : Heroes of Olympus Series : Book 4 - Rick Riordan
Minor Detail - Adania Shibli

Paperback

RRP $24.99

$21.75

13%
OFF
No Middle Name : Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories - Lee Child
Sweet Jimmy - Bryan Brown

Paperback

RRP $22.99

$20.35

11%
OFF
Metamorphosis : Popular Penguins : Popular Penguins - Franz Kafka
Maktub - Paulo Coelho

Paperback

RRP $32.99

$26.95

18%
OFF
The Turning - Tim Winton

Paperback

RRP $22.99

$20.35

11%
OFF
The Man in Black and Other Stories - Elly Griffiths

RRP $34.99

$28.50

19%
OFF