Literary Lunchbreak: Kathleen Rooney in Conversation with Sarah Domet: Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey
Join us for the next installment in our virtual event series to hear author Kathleen Rooney discuss her newest book with writer and English professor Sarah Domet.
In Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, Rooney transports readers to the battlefields of World War I, where two unlikely and reluctant heroes find their fates intertwined. Answering the call to serve in the war to end all wars, neither Cher Ami, the messenger bird, nor Charles Whittlesey, the Army officer in command of the unit she serves, can anticipate how their lives will briefly intersect in a chaotic battle in the forests of France, where their wills will be tested and their fates will be shaped. The real Cher Ami was taxidermied after her death in honor of her high level of service, and her body is currently on exhibit in the Smithsonian. A saga of hope and duty, love and endurance, as well as the claustrophobia of fame, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is a tragic yet galvanizing war story that the world has never heard. Through Rooney’s heartrending and life-affirming prose, she resurrects two long-forgotten yet unforgettable figures, recounting their tale in a pair of voices that will change the way that readers look at animals, freedom, and even history itself.
Copies of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey ordered from us before or on the day of the Literary Lunchbreak will be 15% off!
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, as well as a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her most recent books include the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and The Listening Room: A Novel of Georgette and Loulou Magritte. Her criticism appears in The New York Times Magazine, The Poetry Foundation website, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul.
Sarah Domet is the author of the novel The Guineveres and the instructional book 90 Days to Your Novel. She teaches in the creative writing program at Ball State University.