Blue Aviary, by Richard Quinn

New Release ā€” Coming of Age / Family Life Fiction

A gripping piece of contemporary fiction, much in the vein of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Richard Quinn welcomes his readers with a warm portrait of southwest New York State’s majestic landscape, which is home to Ben Bowden, his wife Angela, and their two children. The Bowden family is likable, imperfect, and relatable. Their story is a personal and poignant tale told through the eyes and narrative of young daughter Sydney whose storytelling allows readers confidante-level access to seemingly ordinary lives nestled deep within the woodlands of the Catskill Mountains watershed.

When a single mother and her troubled son move in and upend their quiet community, the Bowden clan’s outwardly idyllic existence slowly finds itself facing hurdles. Surfacing family dysfunction, mental instability, bullying, harassment, sexual assault, and a traumatic death all threaten the preservation of life and family security as they know it. Their efforts to regain a sense of normalcy sheds light on both their resourcefulness and limited life experience in this coming of age tour de force.

ISBN 978-1-952782-87-9 (Paperback)

ISBN 978-1-952782-88-6(eBook)

Coming of Age / Family Life Fiction

9 x 6, 380 pages

Publication date: February 15, 2023

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If not for his ten brothers and sisters, Richard Quinn might have been an only child. He grew up near Lake Superior in Michigan’s north. He joined the Navy during Vietnam, then attended Michigan State University with hopes of being a doctor. Instead, he became a carpenter. He’s been told it was a decision that spared lives.

For many years Quinn worked as a journalist, chasing hard news in a sleepy Connecticut town, and scratching out satirical columns designed to lighten the hearts of local citizenry—an enjoyable pursuit that won notice from The New England Press Association. He was also noticed by The Hartford Courant for a lenghty fictional piece celebrating Mark Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee.” Twain was one, transplanted like Quinn, a century apart.

Richard lives in Unionville, Connecticut.


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