Recommended by Rich Smith
In this literary noir, we meet Ezra Fog, a young man who was born into a bird-worshipping cult but has since found refuge as the steward of a humongous rental property in Los Angeles. The place is occupied by a sneaky movie producer and an aspiring actress, Sybil, who can't keep her eyes off Ezra. The two try to manage an affair under the nose of the husband, but that doesn't go over very well. The Hummingbirds is Seattle writer Ross McMeekin's debut novel, which is kind of hard to believe given his own generous stewardship of the literary arts in town. He's published stories in a bunch of top-tier literary mags, he teaches at Hugo House, and for years he's edited Spartan, a terrific local literary magazine that publishes minimalist prose.
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