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Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary

by Laura Stanfill

"Vivid characters, carefully detailed scene setting, and delicately gilded writing."--Publishers Weekly

As a firstborn son of a master craftsman, Henri Blanchard is expected to inherit the family barrel organ workshop, but he would prefer to make bobbin lace like his best friend Aimée. In an effort to put his misgivings aside and prove himself a worthy heir, he attempts dramatic feats that draw derision from the townsfolk and finally land him in jail, accused of murder. Threatened with the hangman's noose, he is forced to flee the cozy village of Mireville--and discover a world beyond that may be big enough for even the rarest bird to find a nest. Suspenseful and heartwarming by turns, Laura Stanfill's debut is a whimsical journey full of friendship, adventure, and self-discovery.

About the Author

Once upon a time, Laura Stanfill lived in a New Jersey house filled with music boxes, street organs, and books. She grew up to become the publisher of Forest Avenue Press. She is the author of Singing Lessons for the Stylish Canary (Lanternfish). Her nonfiction has appeared in Shondaland, The Rumpus, Catapult, TheVincent Brothers Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and several print anthologies. She believes in indie bookstores and wishes on them like stars from her home in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her family and Waffles the dog. Learn more at laurastanfill.com.