A Winged Thing and Holy by Mary Gray Kaye, a local Chicago author, is a lyrical novel about an unmarried 37-year-old female poet who resides in Chicago. Not only does Genevieve love writing poetry, she also loves the older man she met at a local writing group. There is just one problem, one big problem – he’s married. As a poet, his inspirational well has run dry. Genevieve is so wrapped-up in his arms and the poetic inspiration she receives from loving him, that she does not see the forest for the trees.
I had a tough time getting into this book, but the further I read, the more entangled I became! Kaye’s writing is poetic and her style is unique. The emotions and story line rang a deep, resounding bell in me. I thoroughly enjoyed the many carefully chosen quotes by famous writers at the beginning of each chapter. Additionally, I loved the many references to familiar Chicago locales. No matter where you live, this is a novel I think you will enjoy.