(From the publisher):
From the publisher
David Huntington has built his career around writing verse that is as meaningless as he can possibly make it. His poetry has won him a huge fellowship and the envy of his writer friends. His private life, on the other hand, is a different story. Working and sleeping in earplugs, rarely going outside or talking to anyone, David draws his life more closely around him every day.
When the destructive behavior of a wild parrot - an unwanted gift from his father - drives away the first woman he's met in months, David throws the bird out the window - and follows it into the world. His guilty search takes him to Telegraph Hill, where a chance encounter with a familiar screech leads him to the flock that makes its home there.
Inexorably, David is drawn even farther, lured to South America by rumors of an ancient flock in the wild mangrove swamps. There he meets the lovely and levelheaded Fern, an American scientist who has her own reasons for searching for these same birds. Will David retreat or follow the parrots' call?
Original title: Elsewhere in the Land of Parrots
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction