Wendy Parciak has a PhD in ecology from The University of Montana, and has worked as a wilderness ranger and biologist for numerous state and federal agencies. She also studied cello at the Julliard School of Music. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband, young son and three very active border collies. She wrote Requiem for Locusts, her first novel and recipient of the 2008 Montana Honor Book Award, to explore how people react when confronted by a psychotic individual whose life is more out of control than their own. She based much of her knowledge on her own mentally-ill sister, who was diagnosed after years of visual and auditory hallucinations with a genetic disorder called Velocardiofacial syndrome.
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Requiem for Locusts
by Wendy Parciak
Published: September 11, 2011
A mentally-ill young woman wanders through the backyards of her neighborhood, inadvertently opening up its inner sanctums. This story is about neighbors forced to confront the chaos in their own lives, prompted by the psychological chaos of one of their own. It is Frost’s "good fences make good neighbors" adage transformed into "good fences mask the inevitable connections all neighbors have."
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