Maud Carol Markson, author of Looking After Pigeon, on tour October/November 2009

Posted By on July 27, 2009

maud carol marksonAbout Maud Carol Markson

Maud Carol Markson is the author of the novels When We Get Home, and Looking After Pigeon. She has taught writing at University of New Hampshire and Cabrini College. She now lives in California with her husband and son, and her dog Molly, who is her constant writing companion. She can be reached at and, and on her website:

looking after pigeonAbout Looking After Pigeon

Of Maud Carol Markson’s first novel, When We Get Home, Andre Dubus wrote, “It may be the best story we have about marital love.” In this, her second novel, Markson once again explores the sometimes humorous, and always complex, realm of family and love. Her characters struggle to answer the questions—who will care for me? How will I care for myself?

One spring day in New York City, five-year-old Pigeon’s father disappears, leaving her to face a new and bewildering life with her mother and older siblings in an uncle’s house on the Jersey shore.

“Our mother named her children after birds” – so begins a now grown up Pigeon as she describes the tumultuous events of this pivotal childhood summer with her brother Robin, and her older sister Dove. In the heat and unfamiliarity of a beach town near Atlantic City, each member of her family looks for a caretaker of some kind—Robin in a fortune teller, Dove in older lovers, her Uncle Edward in the feckless owner of a diner, and her mother Joan in a religious cult. All the while, Pigeon, the youngest, searches for her father, believing he will return to the family to care for her. Through the course of the summer, Pigeon comes to the realization that, in spite of disappointments and grief, she has become quite capable of looking after herself. And through the course of narrating this story, the grown-up Pigeon comes to the further realization that she is willing finally to trust in love.

Maud Carol Markson’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Wednesday, October 21st: Dolce Bellezza

Monday, October 26th: A Sea of Books

Tuesday, October 27th: Literate Housewife

Thursday, October 29th: Steph and Tony Investigate

Monday, November 2nd: A Reader’s Journal

Tuesday, November 3rd: The Scholastic Scribe

Wednesday, November 4th: Raging Bibliomania

Monday, November 9th: Clever Girl Goes Blog

Tuesday, November 10th: Book Club Classics

Thursday, November 12th: Caribousmom


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