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Flyaway

By Kathleen Jennings
Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings digital book - Fable

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A 2021 World Fantasy Award Finalist!

A 2020 Crawford Award Finalist


An Indie Next Pick!

Named a Best of 2020 Pick for NPR

Transformation, enchantment, and the emotional truths of family history teem in Kathleen Jennings’ stunning debut, Flyaway.


"Kathleen Jennings' prose dazzles, and her magic feels real enough that you might even prick your finger on it."—Kelly Link

“An unforgettable tale, as beautiful as it is thorny.” —The New York Times Book Review

In a small Western Queensland town, a reserved young woman receives a note from one of her vanished brothers—a note that makes her question memories of their disappearance and her father’s departure.

A beguiling story that proves that gothic delights and uncanny family horror can live—and even thrive—under a burning sun, Flyaway introduces readers to Bettina Scott, whose search for the truth throws her into tales of eerie dogs, vanished schools, cursed monsters, and enchanted bottles. Flyaway enchants you with the sly, beautiful darkness of Karen Russell and a world utterly its own.

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“An enjoyable short Australian speculative fiction story set in Northern Queensland. This story is brimming with mystery, fantasy, and true friendship.”
“I honestly considered rating it lower. To start, the book was incredibly hard for me to get into. The first half drags unnecessarily slow. The authors writing style was very hard to get used to. She drags on and on and next thing you know you’ve read two paragraphs about the description of a single tree. It seems that every page has a new meaningless character thrown at you. They don’t have a backstory or really much of a purpose other than adding another name and confusing you more. The actual story itself could have been amazing but it seems sloppy and thrown together and quite rushed. I’m left with lots of questions about the plot. Overall the story had so much potential but the author didn’t do the storyline justice.”

About Kathleen Jennings

Kathleen Jennings is a writer and illustrator in Brisbane, Australia. She was raised on fairy tales on a cattle station in Western Queensland, and practiced as a translator and a lawyer (which is all stories, isn’t it?) before returning to undertake a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing (Australian Gothic Literature) at the University of Queensland. Her short stories have appeared on Tor.com, in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, in anthologies from Candlewick, Ticonderoga and Fablecroft Publishing, and elsewhere. Flyaway is her first novel. As an illustrator, she has been shortlisted for one Hugo and three World Fantasy Awards, and has won several Ditmars.

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