A Wisdom of Owls
April 21, 2012
A Wisdom of Owls, a novel by Mary Pat Hyland.
I just finished reading Mary Pat Hyland’s fictional humorous romance novel based on the experiences that happen in the owl box. What a fun read, especially if you were around during the first clutch when all the drama was happening for the first time. You will recognize many of the events that actually happened. Mary does a wonderful job of weaving them into her romantic story which takes place in upper New York State. I also connected with the owl box lexicons she used such as deet, deet, deet, gag-shag and plotz. The realness of the book brought back many wonderful memories and also some tears.
Once I started, I stayed up most the night reading the book. I won’t say I couldn’t put it down, only that I didn’t and at around 6 AM this morning when I was finishing the book, I realized I had forgotten to go to bed. This emotional little romantic book is about people and owls. A Wisdom of Owls, is only 275 pages but it has a little bit of everything, from chat room drama to Internet hope and happiness. As a warning, Hyland’s story telling style may give you watery eyes from time to time, I know I used a box of Kleenex as the story took many unexpected and highly emotional twist and turns.
You can get your copy of A Wisdom of Owls on Amazon.com Amazon.com I recommend it.
About the author
Mary Pat Hyland grew up in a creative upstate New York family. Her mother was a fashion illustrator/art teacher as well as a talented writer. Her siblings are skilled musicians, artists, photographers, poets, teachers and writers.
Mary Pat studied art and music at Syracuse University where she earned a BFA Illustration. She worked as a graphic artist/designer/art director for many years before a layoff forced her into a new field of work: journalism. She spent 15 years in the field, including several years as a syndicated web site columnist for Gannett News Service —her columns were carried in more than 90 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada (including USA Today).
In late 2007, Hyland left journalism to pursue a dream she’d had for more than 20 years: novelist. A month later, the novel she’d been working on for more than a decade was published. A dream came true.
Hyland’s writing awards include 2006 Best of Gannett Breaking News (staff flood coverage); 2005 First Place Editorials, New York State Associated Press; 2006 Honorable Mention Columns, N.Y.S. Associated Press; 2004 Honorable Mention Editorials, N.Y.S. Associated Press; 2004 & 2003 Special Mention Columns, Syracuse Press Club.
She resides in the Southern Tier of upstate New York. Her interests include Gaeilge—the Irish language, music, dance, gardening, Finger Lakes wines and cooking.
Molly Update: Molly rejected her young suitor, so for now The Owl Box is empty.
All the best,
Carlos, Donna and Austin
P.S. Do you know what A Wisdom of Owls means? Hint: It is different than the wisdom of owls.
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