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Meagan Lucas is a brave new voice in Southern fiction. Songbirds & Stray Dogs packs a double shot of grit and heart, with a story stretching from the beaches of the Carolina Lowcountry to the Land of the Sky and a heroine who doesn't know the word quit. An unflinching portrait of motherhood,trauma, and the family we make along the way.
~Taylor Brown, author of
Gods of Howl Mountain, The River of Kings and Fallen Land

Songbirds and Stray Dogs may be Meagan Lucas' debut novel, but the voice echoing from its pages is so striking you'll be haunted long after you turn the last page. In this gutsy story of a young woman fighting tooth and nail for survival, you'll find both grit and grace and a ringing honesty that refuses to back down. Not often do I read a novel and form an instant kinship with both the author and protagonist, but Songbirds and Stray Dogs captured from me the first, stirring scene and held me all the way until new life began to grow from the ashes. A stunning, startling novel.~ Steph Post, author of Miraculum, Lightwood, Walk in the Fire, and A Tree Born Crooked 

Author Meagan Lucas comes out of the gate swinging with an emotional powerhouse in her debut tale of life, loss and finding your pack out in the big wide world. The central character Jolene is far from stereotypical despite the set up of her traumatic childhood, and the behaviors and beliefs she picks up during her upbringing are highly relatable and well-conceived as part of the central plot. An impressive quality of the novel is the way that every detail gels together, from the juxtaposing qualities of southern hospitality to the alienation and isolation which Jolene feels as a core part of her personality. In a world at odds with who she is and what she feels,
Songbirds and Stray Dogs gives us Jolene's struggle as a source of undeniable hope. A highly recommended read.- K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite.Songbirds and Stray Dogs is immediately engrossing and Meagan Lucas does an excellent job in creating a narrative that pulls a reader in andholds them there. Jolene is well developed as a character, with a growth in her almost immediately as she transitions from naivete into palpable desperation, which inevitably turns to strength. It's a naturalprogression that doesn't feel rushed; a fitting attribute in a story line where the South is as much of a character as Jolene and Chuck are.Nothing moves quickly in Lucas' depiction of the Bible Belt, where ideas and progress are hindered by outdated principles. This is a reallygreat book with a solid, heartache of a story. I enjoyed every moment of it. - Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Meagan Lucas has woven a lush and heartwarming story of well-meaning people trying to find their way in a world that can seem fractured beyond repair. Thrust into difficult circumstances beyond their control, Jolene, Chuck, and Cash wrestle with how to escape the past and forge a path forward. From devastating setbacks to the uplifting conclusion, every moment of their memorable journey brings us closer to these characters' true selves.
~Heather Bell Adams, author of
Maranatha Road

"Vivid" may be the best single word to sum up this book which is rich with language and description, where every paragraph offers one delicious turn of phrase after another. Poignant observations transform every day into intriguing as the author exhibits an ability to dissect human behavior down to its barest motives. Unable to escape emotional yearning for multiple characters embroiled in tragedy, I found myself both cheering and crying as either misery or triumph unfolded. ~ Evan Williams, author
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Meagan Lucas is the author of the Southern Literary Fiction novel Songbirds and Stray Dogs. Her short work has appeared in: The Santa Fe Writer's Project, The New Southern Fugitives, Still: The Journal, and The Blue Mountain Review among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won the 2017Scythe Prize for Fiction.Taylor Brown says Meagan is: "a brave new voice in Southern Fiction," and Steph Post describes Songbirds and Stray Dogs asa "stunning, startling novel." Meagan teaches English Composition at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and is the Fiction Editor at Barren Magazine. She lives with her husband and children in Hendersonville, NC

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Main Street Rag Press (August 28, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1599487527
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1599487526
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
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    4.2 out of 5 stars 136 ratings

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Meagan Lucas is the author of the award winning novel Songbirds and Stray Dogs (Main Street Rag, 2019). Her short work has appeared in: The Santa Fe Writer’s Project, The New Southern Fugitives, Still: The Journal, and The Blue Mountain Review among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won the 2017 Scythe Prize for Fiction. Meagan has a BA in History, an M.Ed in Secondary Education and an MA in English and Creative Writing. She teaches English Composition and Creative Writing at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and is the Managing Editor at Barren Magazine. She lives with her husband and children in Hendersonville, NC.

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