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Looking After Pigeon (Permanent Press, 07/2009)
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Markson explores the sometimes humorous, and always complex, realm of family and love. Her characters struggle to answer the questions "who will care for me? How will I care for myself?" One spring day in New York City, five-year-old Pigeon's father disappears, leaving her to face a new and bewildering life with her mother and older siblings in an uncle's house on the Jersey shore. "Our mother named her children after birds" -- so begins a now grown-up Pigeon as she describes the tumultuous events of this pivotal childhood summer, with her brother Robin and her older sister Dove. In the heat and unfamiliarity of a beach town near Atlantic City, each member of her family looks for a caretaker of some kind: Robin in a fortune teller, Dove in older lovers, her Uncle Edward in the feckless owner of a diner, and her mother Joan in a religious cult. All...
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Markson explores the sometimes humorous, and always complex, realm of family and love. Her characters struggle to answer the questions "who will care for me? How will I care for myself?"

One spring day in New York City, five-year-old Pigeon's father disappears, leaving her to face a new and bewildering life with her mother and older siblings in an uncle's house on the Jersey shore.

"Our mother named her children after birds" -- so begins a now grown-up Pigeon as she describes the tumultuous events of this pivotal childhood summer, with her brother Robin and her older sister Dove. In the heat and unfamiliarity of a beach town near Atlantic City, each member of her family looks for a caretaker of some kind: Robin in a fortune teller, Dove in older lovers, her Uncle Edward in the feckless owner of a diner, and her mother Joan in a religious cult. All the while, Pigeon, the youngest, searches for her father, believing he will return to the family to care for her. Through the course of the summer, Pigeon discovers surprising and lasting truths about those she loves, and about her own possibilities in the world.

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About Maud

Maud Carol Markson is the author of When We Get Home (Bantam, 1989) and Looking After Pigeon (Permanent Press, 2009). She has taught writing at the University of New Hampshire and Cabrini College. She now lives in California with her husband and son,...

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Published Reviews

Jun.10.2009

School Library Journal June 2009

Adult/High School
The narrator of this novel, seemingly set in the early 1970s, is five-year-old Pigeon. She observes her family’s changes during the...

Jun.10.2009

“A wise and quietly compelling novel, so completely intimate that it feels more like memoir than fiction. It is the story of one summer in the life of a child named Pigeon, who attempts to find her place...

Member Reviews

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Jun.10.2009
“This is a masterful, gorgeous, subtle, and immensely satisfying novel, one that holds a reader from start to finish through the sheer power and...