TITLE/AUTHOR: Brood; Jackie Polzin
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2020
FORMAT: eGalley/LENGTH: 240 pp.
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A story about emerging from grief by caring for a feathered flock.
BRIEF REVIEW: Brood, a work of fiction, is a story about chickens, four of them, and a broken woman's determination to see these chickens survive. Told over the course of a year, the Brood: Darkness, Gloria, Gam Gam and Miss Hennepin County, and their caretaker lived in Minnesota with it's sub-zero winters and scorching hot summers. Our unnamed narrator certainly had her work cut out for her. As she tells her story we learn of the challenges she faced along the way, not only in caring for her "brood" but, we also learn of her personal challenges and the deep sorrow and grief of having suffered an earlier miscarriage.
From the perspective of someone like me who has never tried to raise chickens or experienced a miscarriage, I had a somewhat difficult time engaging with this brief novel. While I loved the cover and was curious about work involved in raising chickens, I thought that the writing felt a bit flat. I did learn quite a bit about raising chickens.