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Stork Bite

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  49 reviews
“An. . .evocatively written work about finding and preserving kinship.”—Kirkus Reviews

Caddo Parish, 1913. On an October morning, a Klansman confronts seventeen-year-old David Walker at a hidden oxbow lake where he has gone to hunt. David accidentally kills the man and hides the crime. His determination to protect his family from reprisal drives him far from home and into m
Published November 23rd 2020
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Ruthie Jones
"A body had to remember to take people as they came, individually, instead of lumping them all together in a bunch."

Stork Bite by L.K. Simonds teems with life and death; choices and consequences; guilt and mercy. In 1913 in Louisiana, seventeen-year-old David Walker accidentally killed a white man, a Klansman at that, and had to make a choice: go home to his family and confess his crime or stay away and stew forever in remorse and regret. This story spans from 1913 to 2012 and is told in hauntin
STORK BITE is a wonderful novel. This story concerns two women, one white and the other is black. This is an unusual novel, and very pleasant to read!
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I was tootling along in this book and then, BAM, my heart was sucked out of my body, and the range of emotions I felt drained my a good way of course.

This book spans a century and what a story it tells. The story begins in 1913 with David's story of accidentally killing a Klansman who was giving him a hard time just because of the color of his skin. As we know from history, had David been caught he wouldn't have lived long to tell his tale. He was rather ingenious in his steps to cover
Barbara Powell
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don’t even know if I’m being fair giving it 4 stars. If I could give it 4.5 I would, and the only reason I rounded down instead of up was because it was quite long and there were a few bits that could have been left out and not affected the story in any way. Otherwise, it’s a well written, engrossing story that won’t leave me any time soon.
In 1913, 17 year old David Walker had a run in with a Klansman, and accidentally killed him. Knowing that it meant certain deaths for him, he made sure to
Jeff Neuenschwander
Copy received from giveaway.

I'm torn on this. I enjoyed the writing and felt entertained. But I have a key issue with the product. The description talks about two different stories: that of David after his unfortunate incident and Cargie and Mae during the depression. The book is even arranged as such. However, based on the writing, it seems like there's a disconnect between product and description. Here's how I see it:

Story 1: The journey of a character having to leave his home (view spoiler)
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley, and author L. K. Simonds for allowing me to read this book. My unbiased review below is freely given.

I found Stork Bite the type of book I couldn’t wait to get back to. The three story lines were all good and engaging, and you are drawn into another time. You definitely ge to know the characters and to care about them.
The title left me with much to think about too, and probably many others will do the same. Lots of wisdom is imparted in these pages too. I absolutely love
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simonds is a wonderfully talented author and evokes the old South in astonishing detail in Stork Bite, making us feel we're sitting in on a long, sumptuous, serial film production. But don't think it's mere eye candy--like the best period dramas, there's plenty of social commentary here. The book starts off with an unintentional murder and continues to spin the story of the aftermath, interlocking different lives and destinies with characters that will live in your brain long after you close the ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
A hundred years ago, David Walker and his dog went hunting and ended up fighting for their lives because a stranger hated the color of his skin. What strikes me most about the premise of Stork Bite, is how easily this story could have taken place last year. Arguably, the South of David's youth was much more contentious. Soldiers from the Civil War, including David's grandfather, were still alive to carry the memory of strife and slavery into the new century. Klansmen, like the sheriff who bullie ...more
KayBee's  Bookshelf
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
In 1913, a teenage boy, David Walker, shot one of the “Bourbon Democrats” his grandfather had warned him to stay away from in their small town. Once the identity of the man killed was discovered, the teen decides it’s best he leaves home to protect his family. He does so by running and reinventing himself.

Fast forward 14 years and we are introduced to two young women, Cargie and Mae, on vastly different paths to reach their dreams. David resurfaces only to realize you cannot outrun your past.

Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stork Bite is a story that satisfies in a way that few others have. It covers racism, racial inequality, war, love, family, birth and death. There is a wisdom that resonates from the pages that I didn’t really understand until after I finished reading it.

The first thing a reader will probably notice about this story is that the author knows how to describe things. The first scene is set in the Louisiana boonies. There’s a country road, a lake, an old canoe on the shoreline. There were mosquitoes
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
No Book is Supposed to Make You Cry – My Book Review

No book really is supposed to make you cry. Often parts of books do. Often it is the book ending that makes me cry. This novel made me cry at the beginning and at the end. Then it made me cry in the middle. The first crying spell was over the main character’s dog. The last tears were shed because a radiantly-crafted story had come to a perfect end.

Stork Bite is the second novel I have read by L.K. Simonds. This book was flawless. This novel is
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stork Bite was such a pleasure to read, and the story reminded me that we all make life decisions that influence the directions our lives will take, for the good or the not-so-good.

I've got to say, I had a special fondness for David Walker above the rest of the characters. Not that I disliked any of the others. They all have their own unique charms, but maybe he was so special because he was the first person I met in the story. Then there's that wonderful bond he has with his dog. I can relate t
Tangled in Text
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Stork Bite follows rebels from various decades. I loved the common theme of defiance and rising above the situations and circumstances that these characters encountered. It was filled with strong individuals as well as some controversial topics that lead to a thought-provoking, heartfelt story.

I did get a little confused at the end of part one with the abrupt change to focusing on two new characters. Since I skipped reading the blurb, my way of going into a story with an open mind, I had no idea
Joshua Grant
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
L.K. Simonds sets up a wonderfully heartfelt drama with Stork Bite! The novel follows two timelines. In 1913, teenager David Walker kills a Klansman in self defense. In 1927, two women struggle to reach their dreams in a time when the world was aligned against them. Simonds really hits you in the heart with her writing and I felt fully invested in the characters! I also found it interesting to see how the two storylines were connected. This is a beautiful read, so definitely take a dive back thr ...more
N.N. Light
Fast forward to 1927 and we meet two women who couldn't be more different, yet both are chasing their dreams. It's a hard road for Cargie and Mae, especially when it comes to the men in their lives. When David Walker resurfaces, the past rears its ugly head, and everyone involved must come to terms with what happened and move on or suffer the consequences.

Stork Bite is a riveting historical fiction I enjoyed reading. Its rich detailed narration plunges the reader into the deep South. The plot m
Carol Macarthur
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The title is eye-catching, causing curiosity in the reader. What is a "stork bite?" How can this novel be centered around this as a symbol? The reader finds that he or she is presented with questions--and answers--to some of life's conundrums.
Simonds' deceptively simple prose provides wisdom as well. The crisp, clear style could be compared to the underside of an elaborate tapestry, when turned, has come together to present the whole story as a beautiful canvas.
Set in the South during the early
This was such an interesting read for me. I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel as it is told during the section known as Book One. The story quickly swept me into the life of David Walker. The author painted a vivid picture of this young man and his situation. I wanted to know more. We move into Book Two and I honestly lost a little interest. We are introduced to some new characters and the story begins again ten years from the end of Book One. It was a nice read during this section and ...more
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"Caddo Parish, 1913. David Walker accidentally kills a man and hides the crime.
Shreveport, 1927. Cargie Barre and Mae Compton are two vastly different young women, but both are defying convention to reach for their dreams."

Well, such a great read to start my new year! The writing is wonderfully descriptive and the story flows comfortably along. At first, I was a bit perplexed trying to fit all of the pieces together and I needed to keep reading to find the tr
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, pulls you into the book from the very beginning and you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading from cover to cover. A most wonderful read and ...more
Thomas Kelley
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place in the early 1900's in Caddo Parish, Louisiana following David Walker a seventeen year old black teenager who has a confrontation with a white man when David accidentially kills the man and finds things in the mans possessions that show he is an evil man. David decides to runaway to prevent any harm that may come to his family. The story jumps forward 14 to 15 years and picks up the stories of Cargie Barre and Mae Compton two young ladies living in Shreveport Louisiana you ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved the stories in this book. I liked most of the characters. But I'm torn. I did not like this as a whole. I felt like I was reading at least two, if not three, different books that never quite converged. Like I started one book, then put it way for about 40% of the story, then read a second book, that ended, then book one picked up again and ended. The stories were just kind of tied loosely together by the fact that a couple of the characters were tied to the same dry cleaners through most ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Stork Bite by L.K. Simonds was one of the most deeply layered books I have ever had the privilege of reading before, and it emphasized how the small choices we make in life can have huge ripple effects that last generations.

This book is divided into two separate, yet connected stories. In the first “book” L.K. Simonds immediately immerses you into deep south life Louisiana. With vivid descriptions of local wildlife, scenery, and murder (really vivid). It was a great hook, and I could not put it
This was a new author for me and a book that I don't think I'd have picked up on my own. When I saw that it was Southern fiction, I decided to take a chance -- and I am so happy that I did. This novel was a beautifully written look at three main characters and their lives and their families lives from 1913 - 2012. I connected with all of these characters early in the novel (one more than the others) and felt like I knew them to the point that I cried at tragedies in their lives.

David was my favo
Ariel Hess
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of a finished book  from Lone Star Literary Life partner in exchange for my honest review.  The comments in this review do not reflect the views of the author or the publisher. The copies used in this review are finalized copies sent to me in exchange for my honest review.  #partner #LSBBT

The author begins this book with the main character David going for his usual walk in his small town during the early 1900s. This is during a
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Getting right into the review, the whole book was such a more peacefully paced read. The book starts off with a crazy scenario, but then it transitions into this Huckleberry Fin feel and then the rest of the story starts to rise beautifully and we see a bigger picture with everything going on. Along with this pace, the author's wording just took you to the next level of writing. There were so many beautiful sentences and quotes throughout this story and I was just so entranced like I have never ...more
Jenn Belden
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
*I was provided a copy of the book from the author via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.*

Stork Bite was a beautifully crafted story with well-developed characters and setting and some strong social commentary. The story is split into two parts:

Book One is focused on David Walker, a seventeen-year-old black man whose encounter with a Klansmen ends violently, and this one unfortunate, unplanned situation changes the trajectory of his life. Set in 1913, the violent interaction instigates what is
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story begins in the woods of the Deep South in 1913. While out hunting with his faithful dog, a young black seventeen year old named David Walker encounters a white man with evil intentions. When the man shoots David’s dog, he strikes the man over the head and accidentally kills him. In an effort to hide any evidence of the man, David must hide the car until nightfall when he can return to dispose of it. Before doing so David goes through the man’s car discovering that he is a member of the ...more
Trick Wiley
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stork Bites from L.K. Simonds, believe this is my first time reading any works from this author. This book is broken up into two different stories where towards the end the two different stories are combined to tell the whole story! Sounds strange at first especially when you finish one complete story and jump into another with different characters you wonder what's going on. You do figure it out towards the end,I was surprised as I couldn't figure out what was going on until I read a review,the ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Populated with rich characters, drawn with precision, this story intertwines the lives of David Walker, a young black man, Cargie Barre, a young married woman working at a dry cleaners in Shreveport, LA and Mae Compton, a young woman fresh out of high school and heading for college in the early 1900s.

Their lives didn't start out together, but because of a series of understandable and sometimes unfortunate events, they are thrown together. Life seldom works out the way we think it will, and this
Louetta Waters
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a touching, beautifully written story. Full of wonderful, rich characters.
Takes place over decades, starting in the early 1900's to present time, covering the intertwined lives of people in a small town.
It all starts out when 17 year old David is confronted by a Klansman, while out hunting, and David accidentally kills him. Scared for himself and his family, and ashamed, David leaves his family and strikes out on his own to face adulthood. As the story evolves, we learn of young David's f
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L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She’s an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas.

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