Penguin Books Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey
Penguin Books Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey

Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey

By Kathleen Rooney

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Publication Date: August 11, 2020

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“Brilliant and surprising at every turn.”—Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer finalist for The Great Believers

A heart-tugging and gorgeously written novel based on the incredible true story of a WWI messenger pigeon and the soldiers whose lives she forever altered, from the author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk.

From the green countryside of England and the gray canyons of Wall Street come two unlikely heroes: one a pigeon and the other a soldier. Answering the call to serve in the war to end all wars, neither Cher Ami, the messenger bird, nor Charles Whittlesey, the Army officer, can anticipate how their lives will briefly intersect in a chaotic battle in the forests of France, where their wills will be tested, their fates will be shaped, and their lives will emerge forever altered.

A saga of hope and duty, love and endurance, as well as the claustrophobia of fame, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is a tragic yet life-affirming war story that the world has never heard. Inspired by true events of World War I, Kathleen Rooney resurrects two long-forgotten yet unforgettable figures, recounting their tale in a pair of voices that will change the way that readers look at animals, freedom, and even history itself.

Story Locale: New York, France, England

About the Author

Kathleen Rooney is the author, most recently, of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) and the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). She is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her previous work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation and elsewhere. A former bookseller, she teaches English and creative writing at DePaul University and lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay.

Author Residence: Chicago, IL

Author Hometown: Downers Grove, IL

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

ISBN: 9780143135425

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