Birds of a Feather
Kaye Park Hinckley
PO Box 11612, Milwaukee, WI 53211-0612
9780692023587, $12.00, 238pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In this compendium of short stories, author Kaye Park Hinckley translates grace in a world on edge, sees a double beginning and ending in everything, literally everything, including the unspeakably awful. "Birds of a Feather" showcases ten short stories: Red Bird; Dragon; Shooting at Heaven's Gate; The Psalm of David Fowler; The Mercy Seat; Blue Bird of Happiness; Little Things, Big Things; Jimmy's Cat; Moon Dance; The Pleasure of Company.
Critique: A short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named...