The Owl on the Road to Medford

The Owl on the Road to Medford In This Genre Blending Novella, A Small Wildlife Rehabilitation Center In Oregon Is The Setting For Seven Connected Short Stories Written By An Award Winning Fiction Author Who Is Also A Former Wildlife Rehabilitator, These Stories Reveal The Ways Human And Animal Needs Conflict And Intertwine The Narrator Is Passionate About The Orphaned And Injured Wildlife Under His Care, But His Own Heart Needs Mending As Well Screech Owls And Fawns, A Weasel And A Friendly Crow All Have Lessons For The People They Encounter If You Enjoyed H Is For Hawk By Helen Macdonald And On The Road With Del And Louise By Art Taylor, You Will Appreciate The Authenticity And Wry Voice Of The Owl On The Road To Medford The Title Story Received The Oregon Writers Colony 2014 First Prize For Short Stories And Was Published In CALYX, A Journal Of Art And Literature By Women, Summer Fall 2016 , Vol 29 2 Ann Littlewood Again Won First Prize In The Oregon Writers Colony Short Story Contest In 2016. If you ve read any or all of Ann Littlewood s Zoo Mysteries Night Kill, Did Not Survive and Endangered you know she s a fine writer But The Owl on the Road to Medford displays new facets of her talent, and emerges as her most sophisticated work yet The mysteries explored here do not involve murder, but the far deeper and interesting subject of human nature.The seven stories comprising this novella build upon one another, delving ever deeper into the inner and outer worlds of the narrator, the director of a Pacific Northwest animal rescue facility We never learn his name his employees call him Sasquatch, and his former girlfriend calls him the blind bison but he s a fascinating character a burly, bearded giant who is skilled and confident with animals, but hesitant and borderline reclusive with humans Seeing parallels between human and animal behavior serves him well on an elemental level, but fails him in dealing with complex relationships Never quite far enough from his mind is his failed romance with a social worker named Kate She can t live with him or without him being with him makes her feel lonely , and their wannabe relationship is a compelling subplot.Peppering the story are various shelter volunteers, whom the author has a knack for defining in a minimum of words One thinks her wheelchair came equipped with a military grade force field, one is conf
The Owl on the Road to Medford is a collection of linked short stories about events happening to an a wild animal rescue clinic in Oregon, and its director These stories highlight the work of the clinic, gently impart advice to would be animal rescuers, show the character of the clinic director, and show how lives can evolve The author, a former zoo worker animal keeper , is remarkably good