F. Rutledge Hammes
A Curious Matter of Men with Wings
AWARD-WINNING ATMOSPHERIC MAGICAL REALISM
The Walpole brothers take their little sister, Dew, out on a johnboat to pirate the waterways for beer and loose change. Dew falls overboard and appears to drown, until two men with gigantic wings swoop down and carry her body away into the sky. The news of her disappearance hits the family hard, driving the mother to fashion wings so she can fly after the men who took her daughter. The Walpole boys set off in search of their little sister and discover love and the truth behind the centuries-old tale of the “Flying Men,” as well as numerous other mysteries native to the South Carolina Sea Islands.
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Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. The way Rutledge writes is with such fluidity. You feel yourself being pulled into the story, experiencing a wide range of emotions along with the characters.
A Curious Matter of Men with Wings is where magic comes to life in a bold story that celebrates the Gullah world of the South Carolina Sea Islands. With lyrical prose, the novel takes us into a hidden realm where life is still enchanted, and storytelling abounds.
– Sue Monk Kidd, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings
This book made me feel like I was reading something completely new – a style of writing that I have never come across before. It was just beautiful… like a kind of fairytale for adults.