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Byrd, by Kim Church

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Byrd, by Kim Church


Byrd, by Kim Church


Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN: 9781938604522
Trim: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1


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Addie Lockwood believes in books. Roland Rhodes believes in blues guitar. Coming of age in the small-town South of the 1970s, they form a friendship as extraordinary as it is unlikely.

They meet again in their disillusioned thirties, this time in California, where Roland's music career has landed him. Venice Beach is exotic, a world away from North Carolina and Addie's cloistered life as a bookstore clerk. 

But when her whirlwind reunion with Roland leaves Addie pregnant, reality sets in. Conflicted, unready to be a mother, she gives birth to a son--Byrd--and surrenders him for adoption without telling Roland, little imagining how the secret will shape their lives. 

Told through letters and sharply drawn vignettes, Byrd is an unforgettable story about making and living with the most difficult, intimate, and far-reaching of choices.

Praise for Byrd

This book is criminally underappreciated. … Not one character is this book is wasted, or less than human.” -- Lemuria

"Brilliant writing -- lively and heartbreaking at every turn." -- Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life

"This protagonist is so appealing, with her unflinching moral candor, her mistakes based on generous instincts. The prose is lilting, joyous. This novel--about young lives that start out full of promise, falter, then recover--is a hard luck story that will make you feel good." -- Debra Monroe, author of On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain

"A riveting debut." -- Ron RashNew York Times bestselling author of Serena and Nothing Gold Can Stay

"Addie is a particular woman -- a character that will linger and grow beloved -- but she could also be your sister, your roommate from college, a friend in the neighborhood. ... Kim Church has imagined a world of good people missing the mark as good people sometimes do. They're familiar, a comfort. I will never forget the impact of the final pages." -- Patricia Henley, National Book Award finalist and author of Other Heartbreaks 

"A richly layered story that explores motherhood and its attendant relationships in ways that break new ground, both stylistically and thematically. Already recognized for her work in the short story form, Kim Church should gain national attention with this original and important novel." -- Angela Davis-Gardner, author of Butterfly's Child

"Beautiful, dream-like language ... connects us directly with the experience of the characters. It goes right to the heart, without being filtered through the brain, the way a smell connects you to a memory." -- Nancy PeacockNew York Times notable author of Life Without Water and The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson

About Kim Church


Born in Lexington, North Carolina, Kim earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She lives with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski, in Raleigh, where she divides her time between writing and law. Visit her online at