2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS WINNER: Literary, General, and Cross Genre Fiction.
NORTHWEST WASHINGTON STATE, 1985
For years, Harris Hayes has taught his daughter, Aggie, the ways of the northern woods, where she sketches nests of wild birds as an antidote to sadness. Then her depressed, unpredictable mother forbids her to climb the trees that give her sanctuary and comfort. Angry, ten-year-old Aggie accidentally lights a tragic fire and flees downriver. She lands her boat near untamed forest, then hides among trees and creatures she believes are her only friends—determined to remain undiscovered.
A search party gathers hours after Celia arrives at her grandmother's nearby farm. Hurting from her parents' breakup, she also plans to run. But when she joins the hunt for Aggie, she meets two irresistible young men who compel her to stay. One is autistic; the other, dangerous.
Ideal for fans of The Scent Keeper, Where the Crawdads Sing, and The Great Alone, Sugar Birds is a layered, riveting story set in the breathtaking natural world—where characters encounter the mending power of forgiveness, for themselves and for those who have failed them.
Winner of multiple Earphones Awards and the prestigious Odyssey and Odyssey Honor Awards, Jayne Entwistle's narration has landed on Audiofile Magazine's list of Best Audiobooks of the Year.
"Bostrom's voice reminds me of Delia Owens's Where the Crawdads Sing and Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek." —TARYN R. HUTCHISON, award-winning author of One Degree of Freedom
"A tour de force, with protagonist Agate as uniquely powerful as The Hunger Games's Katniss." —DR. LYNNE CURRY, author and columnist, Anchorage Daily News
" A true page-turner . . . An engrossing tale." —KIRKUS REVIEWS