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142 Ostriches

(2020)
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A "vivid, uplifting debut..." 
--Publishers Weekly  
When Tallulah Jones was thirteen, her grandmother plucked her from the dank Oakland apartment she shared with her unreliable mom and brought her to the family ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert. After eleven years caring for the curious, graceful birds, Tallulah accepts a job in Montana and prepares to leave home. But when Grandma Helen dies under strange circumstances, Tallulah inherits everything--just days before the birds inexplicably stop laying eggs.
 
Guarding the secret of the suddenly barren birds, Tallulah endeavors to force through a sale of the ranch, a task that is complicated by the arrival of her extended family. Their designs on the property, and deeply rooted dysfunction, threaten Tallulah's ambitions and eventually her life. With no options left, Tallulah must pull her head out of the sand and face the fifty-year legacy of a family in turmoil: the reality of her grandmother's death, her mother's alcoholism, her uncle's covetous anger, and the 142 ostriches whose lives are in her hands.
 
"Tension mounts in every chapter, and when the difficult forces converge in the satisfying climax, Tallulah discovers clarity.  This is an enjoyable, winning, interesting novel for readers of many backgrounds."
--Booklist (starred review)
 
"A story told with depth and beauty about the many things we inherit from our families. Dávila's characters are familiar, yet unforgettable, and I'm waiting patiently for what she writes next."
--Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"An unusual ranching tale set in the Mojave Desert, where the herd is a flock of eight foot tall birds and their wrangler a young woman raised by her gruff grandmother who dreams of another kind of life. A twisty, warmhearted story of family, community and fate, a thoroughgoing delight." - Janet Fitch

"Vividly imagined and deeply felt, 142 Ostriches is an utterly absorbing tale of an intrepid young woman coming of age in the California desert. I loved Davila's big-hearted debut about land, family, and the ties that bind. Highly recommended." - Lindsey Lee Johnson

"142 Ostriches is unlike anything I've read before. Wholly unique, this cinematic novel exposes readers to the relatively unknown industry of ostrich farming. In Davila's skillful hands, the desert comes alive and the ostriches are as compelling as the human characters. Tallulah herself is a memorable, strong-willed protagonist. Her struggle to negotiate family obligations with her own desires feels both singular and highly relatable. I loved following her through the pages of this fast-paced and lovely novel." - Amy Meyerson

"A story told with depth and beauty about the many things we inherit from our families. Dávila’s characters are familiar, yet unforgettable, and I’m waiting patiently for what she writes next." - Wayétu Moore

"April Davila has made the rare thing: The perfect meeting of plot and character. A hurtling adventure of family intrigue helmed by a heroine for the ages, Davila's novel will make your heart swell as big as an ostrich egg, and then hatch it." - Katie Williams


Used availability for April Davila's 142 Ostriches

Hardback Editions

January 2021 : USA Library Binding
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Title: 142 Ostriches (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction)
Author(s): April Davila
ISBN: 1-4328-7727-5 / 978-1-4328-7727-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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Paperback Editions

February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
ISBN: 1-4967-2470-4 / 978-1-4967-2470-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Audio Editions

March 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
ISBN: 1-66511-836-9 / 978-1-66511-836-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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February 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
ISBN: 1-68457-762-4 / 978-1-68457-762-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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February 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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February 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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February 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: 142 Ostriches
Author(s): April Davila
Publisher: Kensington Books
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