A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers


978-0-9657468-9-2 Paperback
5.5 x 8.25 x 0 in
216 pp.
Pub Date: 03/05/2021


  • Paperback $16.00
Winner, 2022 Texas Institute of Letters Sergio Troncoso Award for Best First Book of Fiction

Each of the flawed, fully human characters we meet in these twelve stories faces a moment of life-altering transformation. Most are newcomers to the scenic, rolling countryside of central Texas whose charms they romanticize, even as the troubles they hoped to leave behind persist.

A young pianist struggles to keep her emotionally fragile boyfriend alive; a displaced New Yorker’s ambivalence with guns results in two fractured families; an oil man gambles on his estranged daughter’s integrity. The complicated history of this German-Czech region, where the stories are set, anchors the experience of two young artists who make a costly decision in 1862.

In graceful and precise, often lyrical, prose, Fraser Hale immerses us in lives whose superficial privilege provides no real protection against the unexpected.

Published by Winedale Publishing