WINNER: 2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS in Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Cross Genre Fiction
SILVER MEDALIST: 2021 READER'S FAVORITE AWARD in Inspirational Fiction
"Bostrom's voice reminds me of Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing and Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek."―award-winning author Taryn R. Hutchison
"Bostrom's prose is propulsive and detailed . . . a true page-turner all the way to the end. An engrossing tale of survival and redemption in the Pacific Northwest ."
Northwest Washington State, 1985
For years, Harris Hayes has taught his daughter, Aggie, the ways of the northern woods. So when her mother's depression worsens, Harris shows the girl how to find and sketch the nests of wild birds as an antidote to sadness. Aggie is in a tree far overhead when her unpredictable mother spots her and forbids her to climb. Angry, the ten-year-old accidentally lights a tragic fire, then flees downriver. She lands her boat near untamed forest, where she hides among the trees and creatures she considers her only friends--determined to remain undiscovered.
A search party gathers by Aggie's empty boat hours after Celia, fresh off the plane from Houston, arrives at her grandmother's nearby farm. Hurting from her parents' breakup, she also plans to run. But when she joins the hunt for Aggie, she meets two irresistible young men who compel her to stay. One is autistic; the other, dangerous.
Perfect for fans of The Scent Keeper, Where The Crawdads Sing, and The Great Alone, Sugar Birds immerses readers in a layered, evocative coming-of-age story set in the breathtaking natural world where characters encounter the mending power of forgiveness--for themselves and for those who have failed them.
"Equivalent to Delia Owens's Where the Crawdads Sing . . . just as good, if not better."--best-selling author Janet Holm McHenry