People Like Frank and Other Stories From the Edge of Normal, by Jenn Ashton [Book Excerpt]

by | Jun 23, 2021 | Art & Craft

Excerpt of the short story “Nest,” adapted with permission of the publisher from People like Frank, by Jenn Ashton ©2021. Published by Tidewater Press.

At 3:00 p.m. Betty put down her knitting needles and died. It wasn’t 3:00 p.m. everywhere, of course, but in her own small apartment over the smoke shop it was. Betty had been knitting little bird nests for the wildlife and bird rescue center across town. There was always a call for them in the spring, when people would bring in eggs they found or when rescued mother birds could not find natural nest-making supplies within their man-made wooden chicken coops. Sadly, Betty’s demise meant they would not be delivered. When people finally got around to packing up her place to make way for the smoke shop renovations, which would include her apartment being converted into a ‘cigar lounge’, the little knitted bird nests were fodder for the Goodwill bag along with most of Betty’s possessions.

Digits & Threads readers are welcome to use the code KNITNOW2021 for a discount when purchasing People Like Frank directly from the publisher.

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