Joyce Hinnefeld is an Associate Professor of Writing at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has published fiction, poetry, and essays in a number of print and online journals, and her book of short stories, Tell Me Everything (University Press of New England, 1998) was called 'a beautiful and wise collection, with no wasted words'. In Hovering Flight is her first published novel. She lives in Bethlehem, in a restored 18th-century farmhouse, with her husband Jim, daughter Anna, their dog Lily and their two cats, Cinder and Jane.
Hinnefeld (Tell Me Everything: And Other Stories) has written a rich first novel about love, loss, and the fragile beauty of nature. When intense, artistic Addie Sturmer enrolls in Professor Tom Kavanagh's "Biology of the Birds" class at rural Burnham College, Tom recognizes in Addie his own ornithological passion and quickly falls in love with her. They marry, setting up house in a cottage in the woods, where Addie paints birds and Tom researches birdsong when he's not teaching. But this idyllic beginning doesn't always mirror their life together. Over the years, Addie becomes increasingly radical in her environmental concerns, and her artwork takes on a gruesome twist. Tom struggles to make Addie happy while being consumed by his own work. Their grown daughter, Scarlet, alternately rebels against her counterculture parents and struggles through her poetry to embrace her conflicting feelings about Addie. But when Addie is in the last stages of cancer, the characters reunite to deal with their demons and to find some measure of peace with each other. Particularly notable for its engrossing details about bird life, this moving book is strongly recommended for all fiction collections.--Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine Univ. Law Lib., Malibu, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.