STORK BITE by L.K. SIMONDS
Genre: Historical Fiction / Southern Fiction
Date of Publication: November 30, 2020
Number of Pages: 359 pages
“Everything has to be reconciled eventually.”
Caddo Parish, 1913. On an October morning, a Klansman confronts seventeen-year-old David Walker at a hidden oxbow lake where he has gone to hunt. David accidentally kills the man and hides the crime. His determination to protect his family from reprisal drives him far from home and into manhood.
Shreveport, 1927. Cargie (rhymes with Margie) Barre and Mae Compton are two vastly different young women, but both are defying convention to reach for their dreams. The men in Cargie’s and Mae’s lives help and hinder them in more ways than one. After years in hiding, David Walker finally resurfaces, and we discover the past is never as far from the present as it seems.
Stork Bite follows rebels from various decades. I loved the common theme of defiance and rising above the situations and circumstances that these characters encountered. It was filled with strong individuals as well as some controversial topics that lead to a thought-provoking, heartfelt story.
I did get a little confused at the end of part one with the abrupt change to focusing on two new characters. Since I skipped reading the blurb, my way of going into a story with an open mind, I had no idea that David made a reappearance in the story so my first thought was this must be a book of short stories. I was immediately disappointed thinking I wouldn't get to see David in part two because I wouldn't have minded an entire book about David and the Tatums. I loved everything about them. As I kept reading, I did start to catch on and as the blub says "the past is never as far from the present as it seems." I started noticing little connections and my excitement grew to see how things progressed and the potential of this story going full circle.
I have so much appreciation for how much thought was put into this overall plot and how well things unraveled and came together. There were so many powerful topics presented and they were each handled beautifully. I loved so many individual pieces of this story, such as David helping out the Tatums or to the empowerment of Cargie to defy the odds. I would recommend Stork Bite to anyone that loves a good historical fiction, literary fiction, coming-of-age, or heartwarming story.
L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local whose debut novel,
All In, was published in 2019.
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