One of the pleasures of Wildacres is hearing fellow faculty members read from their work. Marjorie Hudson's beautiful reading of "New World Testament" convinced me that I needed her short story collection . . . as if the title and cover art hadn't already been singing their siren song.
The 'accidental birds' referred to are the newcomers to the Carolinas -- whether today or in 1720. The stories, rich in detail, characterization, and poetic imagery, put me in mind of Lee Smith, of Anne Tyler, of Tony Earley . . . but why should I natter on? Suffice it to say, I really loved these stories and recommend them to you.
Below is more praise plus a link to the title story. Just read it