Mary Helen Specht, author of Migratory Animals, on tour January/February 2015

Posted By on December 31, 2014

Migratory Animals coverAbout Migratory Animals

• Print Length: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 20, 2015)

When Flannery, a young scientist, is forced to return to Austin after five years of research in Nigeria, she becomes torn between her two homes. Having left behind her loving fiancé without knowing when she will return, Flannery learns that her sister, Molly, has begun to show signs of the genetic disease that slowly killed their mother.

As their close-knit circle of friends struggles with Molly’s diagnosis, Flannery must grapple with what her future will hold: love and the pursuit of scientific discovery in West Africa, or the pull of a life surrounded by old friends, the comfort of an old flame, family obligations, and the home she’s always known. But she is not the only one wrestling with uncertainty. Since their college days, all of her friends have faced unexpected challenges that make them reevaluate the lives they’d always planned for themselves.

A mesmerizing debut from an exciting young writer, Migratory Animals is a moving, thought-provoking novel, told from shifting viewpoints, about the meaning of home and what we owe each other—and ourselves.

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Mary Helen SpechtAbout Mary Helen Specht

Mary Helen Specht’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Colorado Review. A winner of the Richard Yates Short Story Award, among other prizes, she is a former Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria and Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellow. She earned an MFA in fiction from Emerson College and now teaches creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Find out more about Mary at her website and connect with her on Twitter.

Mary Helen’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, January 20th: Based on a True Story

Thursday, January 22nd: A Bookish Affair

Friday, January 23rd: A Patchwork of Books

Monday, January 26th: Olduvai Reads

Tuesday, January 27th: Book Loving Hippo

Monday, February 2nd: Lavish Bookshelf

Tuesday, February 3rd: Peppermint PhD

Wednesday, February 4th: Books and Things

Tuesday, February 10th: Tina Says …

Wednesday, February 11th: Jorie Loves a Story

Thursday, February 12th: Books and Bindings

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