The Watched Fall of Sparrows is a record of the Banning family as told by their cousin, Marley. Her concentrated narrative spans ninety years, two wars, and several states, recalling the homes they made under trees and next to rivers for themselves and their chosen kin. Their tenderness is tenacious as it navigates the unexpected turns of distance, death, and disease; but Marley also keeps a compassionate eye on the ways they went weak or couldn't cope, bearing honest witness to the weight of what they bore. When their flickering flames begin to dim, she takes what she has of their light and camps beside it, writing down all that she can. From her eventual vantage point beside the Pacific Ocean, Marley sorts the scenes she cant shake and the spirits she tried to save. The Watched Fall of Sparrows is a brief vel about the long themes of love and loss, and what can be made from each.
Esther Sharp is a writer, artist, and Pacific Northwest native now living in the Upper Midwest, where she stays as barefoot as possible between the long winters. The Watched Fall of Sparrows is her first novel. For more about Esther or her work (written or painted) visit www.esthersharp.com