Rebecca K. O’Connor is the author of the award-winning memoir Lift published by Red Hen Press in 2009. She has published essays and short stories in South Dakota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Los Angeles Times Magazine, West, divide, The Coachella Review, Phantom Seed and Prime Number Magazine. Her novel, Falcon’s Return was a Holt Medallion Finalist for best first novel and she has published numerous reference books on the natural world.
on June 28, 2011 :
"I was a hunter thanking the rabbit that fed her hawk, sating the sand with perspiration and blood, just as we took the life that sprung from it … We were part of something immense and curved back on itself, but also invisible."
This is a single example of the elegant prose that speaks to the human hunter's heart from O'Connor's collection of essays in Rise. O'Connor's work demonstrates to the reader hunter and non-hunter alike, how you can love something as you respectfully end its life. We all can hope for such love and mercy as presented here.
Readers may also want to read O'Connor's Lift, but an exerpt included in Rise shows O'Connor is taking her writing to a new level with her upcoming fiction novel on rewilding the West.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)