ISBN: 9781732848061 (Print)
$14.00 (Print); $9.99 (eBook)
About the Author
CHRIS HAVEN was born in Oklahoma, the son of a
grocer and a storyteller. Nesting Habits of Flightless Birds is his first book. In addition to his short fiction work, a collection of poems, Bone Seeker, is forthcoming from NYQ Books; further poems can be found in The Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Mid-American Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, and prose poems from his Terrible Emmanuel series have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Sycamore Review, North America Review, and
Seneca Review, where they won the Deborah Tall Award
for Lyric Essay. He has degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas, Texas State University, and the University of Houston. He lives with his family in Grand
Rapids, Michigan, where he teaches courses in writing and style at Grand Valley State University.
Nesting Habits of Flightless Birds: Stories
In the defiantly mundane heartland suburbs of Chris Haven’s debut collection, a real estate agent compels a stranger with late-stage dementia to accompany him to sell houses; a gruesome power tool injury somehow heals the tense relationship between two neighbors; and a Baptist minister recalls his own baptism, which is mysteriously tied to his first experience of the female anatomy. With devastating stoicism and surprising tenderness, Haven’s portraits of twenty-first-century Americana revisit the rituals and archetypes of a vividly familiar world—and the strange, surreal magic that inhabits its everyday rhythms.
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Advance Acclaim for Nesting Habits of Flightless Birds: Stories
“A startling collection that reverberates between the mythic and the weight of family, particularly what we’ve inherited but don’t yet understand . . . Haven’s stories leave us stranded in wonder.”
- Scott Blackwood, author of See How Small and In the Shadow of Our House
“In these moving stories of loss and redemption, Haven has created ‘something strange and wonderful.’ If you’ve ever struggled to trust, or even know, your own deepest instincts, let these characters show you how—and how not—to do it.”
- Tess Callahan, author of April and Oliver
“Exquisite and luminous . . . Nesting Habits explores the edges of what we glibly call ‘agency,' or our ability to change essential parameters of our lives. As I read, I entered a perception of a world so irrefutably real that each story stayed with me as if it were my memory. Beautiful and quietly devastating.”
- Debra Monroe, author of Shambles and On the Outskirts of Normal