About Carole Giangrande

Carole is the author of four novels: The Tender Birds (2019), All That is Solid Melts into Air (2017), winner of the 2018 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction (both published by Inanna), A Forest Burning (2000) and An Ordinary Star (2004), both published by Cormorant Books, along with a short story collection, Missing Persons (1994). Her novellas include A Gardener on the Moon (Quattro, 2010), winner of the Ken Klonsky Award; Midsummer (2014) and Here Comes The Dreamer (2015) both published by Inanna. She also writes essays and poetry; her essay “Goshawk” won a Lyric Essay Award in July 2016 and was published in Eastern Iowa Review, and another essay, “Death of a Red-Tailed Hawk,” appeared in EcoTheo Review (Oct. 2018) and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first children’s book, Do I Have To Go To Sleep? was published by Penumbra Books and her second, The Laundromat Cat, was published by Pandamonium Publishing. Born and raised in the New York City area, she now lives in Toronto, where she enjoys books, birding, photography, and improving her French conversation.

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From the publisher:

Matthew Reilly is a busy academic, a lonely priest haunted by secrets. Young Alison is the shy and devoted keeper of Daisy, a falcon which suffered an accident and can no longer fly. The three of them meet in a Boston parish, but Matt has forgotten a momentary but disturbing meetup with Alison, homeless eight years earlier in Toronto. Close to exhaustion, he’s forced to reflect on what’s become of his life, including the loss of a son that no one knew he’d fathered. Alison and Matt had a fateful encounter during her homeless period, but Matt doesn’t connect that frail teenager with the healthy young woman she’d become. It’s left to Alison to uncover Matt’s past and for Matt to come to terms with it.


The Tender Birds is a rare and riveting fusion of ‘the poetry of things imagined,’ gorgeously distilled prose, urgency, and exquisite plotting—a literary page-turner of the highest order. I’m in awe of Giangrande’s work and the reassuring wisdom that suffuses it, wisdom our world badly needs right now.”

Carol Bruneau, author of A Circle on the Surface, A Bird on Every Tree, These Good Hands

“With breathtaking language and gentle insights, this quietly beautiful book gives us good people struggling with the mute loneliness imposed by secrets. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, a joy to read, the novel lingers long after its close.”

 Irene Guilford, author of Waiting For Stalin To Die

“An award-winning novelist, Giangrande moves her vivid characters deftly through darkness and light, chiaroscuro. I found it hard to close the last page on people and birds who entered my life through this tender, poignant novel.”

Mary Corkery, author of Simultaneous Windows