About the Book
About the Author
Douglas Howard’s days as a
small-town physician are numbered. He is in debt, and the only way out
he sees is to take up with the lonely, calculating wife of a dying
patient who will leave behind a sizable fortune. As they wait together, their
lives become complicated by the troubles of Dr. Howard’s desperate
secretary, Miss Derringer, who has her affections set on the doctor.
What follows is a fatal scandal and an exploration of human expression,
desire and manipulation all in the name of love. In the middle of it all
is a strange and beautiful parrot, innocent from everything that goes
on around her, but thoroughly involved.
Dave Newell’s Southern literature debut chronicles love lost, hope taken, and the enduring consequences of selfish devotion. This dark,
psychological literary puzzle has been described as “eccentric” and
“beautiful” with an effortless plot.
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