Kelly Simmons, author of The Bird House, on tour February/March 2011

Posted By on December 21, 2010

About The Bird House

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Washington Square Press; Original edition (February 1, 2011)

An intergenerational school project unlocks a Pandora’s box of unsettling truths. Evocative and detailed.” – Kirkus Reviews

Such crisp, tight prose I was hooked from the very first page.” — Chevy Stevens, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of STILL MISSING.

Every family has its secrets. But when you are suddenly the matriarch, tending the dark fires of memory, and your own mind is fading, who do you dare to share them with? Your diary, or your eight-year-old granddaughter?

Interweaving diaries penned forty years apart, Kelly Simmons’s captivating second novel, The Bird House, blends the fierce voice of Ann Biddle, a woman struggling to bond with her only grandchild, Ellie, while railing against the ravages of early dementia, with her point-of-view as a young wife and mother. We witness the secrets of Ann’s family and her grand-daughter and daughter-in-law’s through every lens — from the clarity of the rearview mirror to the haze of Alzheimer’s. And we see her grappling through the ‘60’s with sleep deprivation, breast cancer, her own mother’s death, a passionate affair, and a tragedy that leaves her stunned until, four decades later, her whip-smart granddaughter unwittingly sheds a burst of light on the family’s shadowy history.

A subtly tense, darkly psychological tug of war between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, present and past, The Bird House is a moving treatise on family, love, and memories—both lost and found. And proves a worthy successor to her book club favorite debut, Standing Still.

About Kelly Simmons

Kelly Simmons is the author of the critically acclaimed Simon & Schuster novel, Standing Still, and coming in February, The Bird House. She is a former journalist and advertising creative director who lives in the Philadelphia area with her family, and divides her time between writing, teaching, public speaking, and vacuuming up dog hair. She was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, and credits weekly visits to the Waukegan Public Library for her literary prowess. (Her determination to succeed, however, could only come from being a Cubs fan.) Visit her website at

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Kelly’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, February 15th: Books Like Breathing

Wednesday, February 16th: Lori’s Reading Corner

Thursday, February 17th: Colloquium

Monday, February 21st: Tina’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, February 22nd: Luxury Reading

Thursday, February 24th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Tuesday, March 1st: Amused By Books

Wednesday, March 2nd: Life in the Thumb

Monday, March 7th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Wednesday, March 9th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Friday, March 11th: Life In Review

Monday, March 14th: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, March 16th: My Reading Room

Monday, March 21st: Debbie’s Book Bag

Friday, March 25th: Rundpinne


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