Judith Heneghan


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Salt Publishing
15 May 2024
ISBN: 9781784633264
272 pages

From the publisher

One chilly April morning a stranger shows up at a commune in the Catskill Mountains, upstate New York. Conor is greeted by Liv, sixty-seven years old, mother, cancer survivor and founder of the once pilgrimage-worthy Birdeye Colony, now well past its heyday. Liv lets him stay, unaware that her two oldest friends are about to make a devastating announcement. Conor seems to offer a lifeline, but who is he really? As truths masked by free spirit push their way into the open, Liv must reassess what she asks of those she loves most.

Birdeye is a novel about tolerance, the choices we make in good faith, and, ultimately, what they cost.

Praise for Birdeye

‘With luminous prose, infinite humanity and exceptional storytelling, Heneghan shows us family – whether chosen or given – in all its fascinating complexity. Evocative, haunting, masterful.’ —Claire Fuller

‘Written with gorgeous precision and a haunting intensity, Birdeye will not let you go. The novel is richly reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s fiction, full of spiky individualistic types whose flawed stubborn fealty to their beliefs take the story in surprising, and moving, directions.’ —Carole Burns, award-winning author of The Same Country 

‘Wonderfully drawn and developed, complex and contradictory in all the best ways, selfish and selfless, self-aware and oblivious – Liv Ferrars is utterly real.’ —Sarah Butler, author of Starling

Birdeye is a compelling story of maternal courage and an edgy evocation of countercultural life in the Catskills. I found it moving and surprising.’ —Katie Munnik, author of The Aerialists