BOOK RELEASE: The Night Owl Sings

We’re thrilled to release The Night Owl Sings by Judy McConnell, available today worldwide as a paperback, hardback, and e-book. Ask for it at your favorite local bookstore, or support local and order it from Bookshop.org here.

Too often in literature, and American society, the old person is a trope: they are only a grandparent, or only an ailing body, or only an inability to keep up. In The Night Owl Sings, Judy McConnell’s protagonists–all of them old–bust the stereotype of old age as a reductive experience.

As time tapers, love, relationships, disappointments, change, and everyday life sharpen. As each character lives their final years, a deep, literary complexity emerges, and the sum of a long life is totaled as it nears its conclusion.

Praise for The Night Owl Sings

“In her short story collection The Night Owl Sings, Judy McConnell gives us the tales of older women caught in pivotal moments of their lives, finding a path forward. These are generous stories about caring—how we care for each other, how we care for ourselves. A lovely collection.”

—Mary Logue, award-winning poet and author of over 30 books, including the acclaimed Claire Watkins mystery series

“Judy McConnell has created vivid characters and revealing plots full of human frailties and self-discoveries, nuanced and rich with emotion. These are unusual, vivid stories.”

—Mary Stewart Swanson, lifestyle editor for Sun Newspapers and author of the books Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny How You Can Love and Memories of My Childhood

About Judy McConnell

Judy McConnell was born in Charleston, West Virginia. As a young child, she moved with her family to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she grew up and now resides. She wrote short stories and poetry during her youthful years and graduated with a BA degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s in Education from the University of Minnesota.

But it wasn’t until retirement from a career as a secondary school teacher and training specialist that she took up writing full time. The Night Owl Sings is her fourth published book, and her first book of short stories. Her favorite activities are bridge, hiking, the theater, her lake cabin, singing in a community chorale, and most of all, writing down the bones. She also likes to spend time with her two children and five grandchildren.