Magpie in August, set in the thumb region of Michigan, is the narrative of Magpie Carey, an acerbic young woman on a soul searching journey with her alcoholic mother in tow. The driving force of my novel is grief, and the healing of emotional wounds through the act of forgiveness; it’s about the fragile relationship between a mother and daughter, death, and learning how to live after experiencing such great heartbreak.
Magpie and her little sister, Renny (Wren), share a birthday in August. This August marks the eighth anniversary of Renny’s drowning in Lake Huron, at the age of ten. Since the tragedy, Magpie spends every one of her birthdays in Tawas with her mother, Lynette. Magpie despises the killer lake; she only goes for Lynette’s sake.
This trip in particular is the most difficult Magpie has yet to face, as she must culminate her strength in order to fulfill a promise sorely made, and at last confront those who haunt her—both living, and dead.
©Kindra M. Austin/Cover Art by Allane Sinclair