A paralegal tracks down her dead mother’s talking parrot so that she can hear her mother’s voice again. A family that receives nocturnal visits from a black bear debates whether to have expensive surgery on their dog, who won’t pass the latest sock he has swallowed. A disfigured veterinarian runs into more conflict than she expected while helping a prison run its working farm. A recovering alcoholic who volunteers at the local Lemur Center cares for an aye-aye during a winter power outage.
The twelve stories in Birds of a Lesser Paradise showcase strong-willed women, and animals or birds play a significant role in each storyline. This is a lovely collection filled with gentle wit and sympathetic portraits of its characters, including the animals. And the book has a great cover. One of the better story collections I’ve read recently.