Ah yes, a novel. No need to rub your eyes to make sure you're seeing this correctly - we are taking a poetry break. I KNOW - but I struggled with what to read for this upcoming month. Starring at the pile of books I set aside for this book club endeavor, and nothing seemed to pop out to me. I then remembered this little novel I got while on my trip to Portland, Oregon in March in the famous Powell Book Shop. It was a staff pick, and totally unlike me to stray away from non-fiction and poetry. Especially so far into fiction that it's literally from the perspective of a chicken. But! I've been feeling this need to escape recently, not a break from feeling but a break from reality and what is usually felt. I also endlessly like poking at my bruises, and I have a hard time with fiction so I hope it offers some growth in that department. So the book I picked for June is 'The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly,' by Sun- Mi Hwang. I hope we all enjoy the break, and then pick up to our regularly scheduled monthly dose of poetry after.
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"The Korean Charlotte's Web - More than 2 million copies sold
This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own.
An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the tradition-bound world of the barnyard, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a novel of universal resonance that also opens a window on Korea, where it has captivated millions of readers. And with its array of animal characters—the hen, the duck, the rooster, the dog, the weasel—it calls to mind such classics in English as Animal Farm and Charlotte’s Web.
Featuring specially-commissioned illustrations, this first English-language edition of Sun-mi Hwang’s fable for our times beautifully captures the journey of an unforgettable character in world literature."