Kristiana, I’m in tears–elated! I’ve been waiting for someone to truly see my soul in this book, and you have. You understand, and I don’t feel alone. That you read Magpie with such depth of your own is the greatest gift I’ve for as a writer and human being. I will never be able to thank you enough for the encouragement and support you give to me.
I’m sending you love and good vibes, dear heart.
Austin stuns with her debut novel, Magpie in August. A lovingly written narrative about living, dying and the purgatory in between.
I’ve been an admirer and reader of Austin’s poetry since late 2016, a little while after she started poemsandparagraphs. Austin always writes honestly with the razor-sharp ability to steal the breath from my lungs and make me punch the air with my fist. However, I did not know what to expect with Magpie in August, except it grew out of her relationship with her late mother (as revealed in her interview with Sudden Denouement founder, Jasper Kerkau).
Within the first few pages, Magpie, our protagonist, was sketched into my mind in vivid magenta, violet, and deep charcoal. Magpie’s love for Peter was palpable from the first time he called her ‘Beautiful’ as if it was her ‘God given name’. Her mother, Lynette, is an angel and…
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