A Feel-Good Debut: Read an Extract from Birds of a Feather by Rhianna King

A Feel-Good Debut: Read an Extract from Birds of a Feather by Rhianna King

I spent much of my childhood fantasising that I was adopted. While other kids were pretending to be princesses and superheroes, I was using my stuffed toys to play out a scenario where I found out there had been a mix-up at the hospital when I was born. It was the only way I could make sense of how I came to be a member of my family.

Now, at thirty years old, I no longer played with my toys, of course.

But I was still searching for an explanation for my progeny.

My parents exuded an unbridled magnetism that made people want to be around them. Mum – an artist – had recently been commissioned to paint a mural on a toilet block in a park near their place. So many people stopped by to see her while she was working on it that the council received traffic complaints.

They rigged up lights so she could paint at night, but then traffic issues became after-dark noise infringements when her friends and contacts descended for a party in the park. For Dad – a musician – a trip to the local shops to run even the most banal errand usually turned into a roaming street party, which, more often than not, involved an impromptu jam session.

Our surname – Dwyer – was used more as a descriptive noun than a proper one…

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          Publisher details

          Birds of a Feather
          Author
          Rhianna King
          Publisher
          Affirm Press
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          26 March, 2024
          ISBN
          9781922992901

          Synopsis

          Would you open your heart to fate?

          Beth doesn't feel like she belongs in her rambunctious, bohemian family. Apart from the special relationship she shares with her grandma, Elise. When Beth wins the lottery (on a ticket she bought to prove she could be spontaneous), she decides to spend it on treating Elise.

          But instead of anything material, Elise wants Beth to help her track down her first love, Gerry. It's a fun and uncomplicated little adventure, Beth thinks, until she discovers that her grandma's great love is actually a woman, and their romance was thwarted by the conservatism of the day. Grappling with her grandma's past spurs Beth to reconsider herself in the present.

          Birds of a Feather is a funny, poignant and utterly charming debut novel about questioning who you are and what you might become.

          Rhianna King
          About the author

          Rhianna King

          Rhianna King has spent more than two decades working as a communicator for state government environmental agencies and an Aboriginal-led not-for-profit organisation. During Melbourne's long lockdowns of 2020–21, Rhianna craved the company of people other than those in her locked-down household and so created characters to spend time with instead. The result: her first novel, Birds of a Feather. Rhianna lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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