Migratory Animals: A Novel

Paperback | October 18, 2016

byMary Helen Specht

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Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Award and the Writer's League of Texas Fiction Award

A February 2015 Indie Next Selection

A January Apple iBook Selection

An Austin American-Statesman Selects Book

A powerful debut novel about a group of 30-somethings struggling for connection and belonging, Migratory Animals centers on a protagonist who finds herself torn between love and duty.

When Flannery, a young scientist, is forced to return to Austin from five years of research in Nigeria, she becomes split between her two homes. Having left behind her loving fiancé without knowing when she can return, Flan learns that her sister, Molly, has begun to show signs of the genetic disease that slowly killed their mother.

As their close-knit circle of friends struggles with Molly’s diagnosis, Flannery must grapple with what her future will hold: an ambitious life of love and the pursuit of scientific discovery in West Africa, or the pull of a life surrounded by old friends, the comfort of an old flame, family obligations, and the home she’s always known. But she is not the only one wrestling with uncertainty. Since their college days, each of her friends has faced unexpected challenges that make them reevaluate the lives they’d always planned for themselves.

A mesmerizing debut from an exciting young writer, Migratory Animals is a moving, thought-provoking novel, told from shifting viewpoints, about the meaning of home and what we owe each other—and ourselves.

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Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Award and the Writer's League of Texas Fiction AwardA February 2015 Indie Next SelectionA January Apple iBook SelectionAn Austin American-Statesman Selects BookA powerful debut novel about a group of 30-somethings struggling for connection and belonging, Migratory Animals centers on a protagonis...

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When Flannery, a young scientist, is forced to return to Austin after five years of research in Nigeria, she becomes torn between her two homes. Having left behind her loving fiancé without knowing when she will return, Flannery learns that her sister, Molly, has begun to show signs of the genetic disease that slowly killed their mothe...

Mary Helen Specht's work has appeared in numerous publications, including theNew York TimesandColorado Review. A winner of the Richard Yates Short Story Award, among other prizes, she is a former Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria and Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellow. She earned an MFA in fiction from Emerson College and now teaches creative wri...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062346032

ISBN - 13:9780062346032

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“Specht’s vivid debut probes the nature of family, the notion of home, and the tender burdens of both. . . . Specht’s distinctive prose -- rich with sharp observations, nimble language, and lyrical imagery -- makes the novel a quirky and memorable read.”