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Winged Creatures: A Novel

Winged Creatures: A Novel

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Shots ring out in a local fast food restaurant. Teenager Anne Hagen and her best friend Jimmy hide under a table, watching a suicidal gunman randomly murder her father and others. Winged Creatures tells the stories of the survivors. . .

Struggling to understand her father's death, Anne develops a religious hysteria. Jimmy becomes mute, protecting a

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Shots ring out in a local fast food restaurant. Teenager Anne Hagen and her best friend Jimmy hide under a table, watching a suicidal gunman randomly murder her father and others. Winged Creatures tells the stories of the survivors. . .

Struggling to understand her father's death, Anne develops a religious hysteria. Jimmy becomes mute, protecting a secret that he and Anne share until it nearly destroys him and his already fractured family. Grazed by a bullet, driving instructor Charlie becomes obsessed with pressing his luck at a casino. By dangerous degrees, restaurant cashier Carla loses her ability to care for herself and her infant son. Dr. Laraby, an ER physician who failed to revive the shooting victims, turns to his wife as someone to "save," while psychologist Ron Abler tries to counsel the witnesses, but meets suspicion and resistance.

Winged Creatures intimately depicts the inner lives of five people driven by secret torments and dangerous compulsions, in flight from their own memories and dreams, as they struggle to regain their trust in the ordinary world.
ROY FREIRICH is a screenwriter and songwriter living in Malibu, California. Winged Creatures is his first novel.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The survivors of a gun massacre struggle with the aftermath in Freirich's stark, impressive debut. After a gunman walks into Carby's, a fast food chain restaurant along a Michigan highway, and kills two people before turning the gun on himself, a cross-section of society, including two teenagers, a driving instructor and a single mother emerge as survivors; their stories and viewpoints weave together for a tightly knit ensemble drama. Teenage Anne begins proselytizing religion after witnessing her father's death at Carby's, while her best friend, Jimmy-also a witness to the shooting-becomes mute after Anne makes him swear to not talk about her father. Driving instructor Charlie, wounded but alive, heads off to Vegas to test the luck that saved his life. Carla, a Carby's waitress and mother of an infant son, loses her grip on motherhood as she fixates on Bruce Laraby, an ER doctor who missed the carnage by moments. Bruce, meanwhile, has deep doubts about his abilities to heal, revealed through increasingly macabre actions involving his wife. Psychologist Ron Abler, charged with helping victims of the violence, finds no one wants his help. While emotionally charged, the narrative isn't weighed down with sentiment as the characters search for, but don't necessarily find, closure. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

Adult/High School -The crazed gunman who opens fire at a fast food restaurant is the catalyst that turns the psychic wounds of five people into chasms of PTSD. Bruce Laraby, an ER physician mourning the recent loss of his father, a highly respected doctor, left Carby's moments before the shooting. He treats the victims, but when he fails to save one of them, self-doubt sets in. Teens Anne and Jimmy share a booth with her father and see him gunned down. The man's lack of heroism throws her into a frenzy of evangelical behavior, building her father into an icon. Jimmy retreats into a silence that is enhanced by his bullying father, who refuses psychological attention for his son. Charlie is buckling under the pressure to make his business a success and to provide for his young family. While standing in line at Carby's, he is grazed in the head by a bullet. In a daze, he discharges himself from the ER and drives to a casino, where he indulges his gambling addiction. Waitress Carla is trying to support herself and her son on her meager wages. Unhurt physically, she comes to the ER several times with her child, claiming cold symptoms, but she is more interested in seeing the young doctor as the violence triggered in her an awareness of her profound loneliness. Freirich neither characterizes the gunman nor analyzes his motivation. Readers will wonder what fissure in his life exploded into such a violent act. Unfortunately, school and public shootings continue to erupt on an all-too-regular basis, making Winged Creatures a relevant read.-Paula Decker, Charter Oak High School, Covina, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429937108
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
319 KB

Meet the Author

ROY FREIRICH is a screenwriter and songwriter living in Malibu, California. Winged Creatures is his first novel.


ROY FREIRICH is a screenwriter and songwriter living in Malibu, California. Winged Creatures is his first novel.

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Winged Creatures 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Hunt Landing, Michigan, Dr. Laraby stops for a coffee to go at Carby¿s on his way to work as an ER resident at Hunt Landing Medical LLC where his late father was a founder. Not longer after he leaves, a shooting incident occurs at Carby¿s.--------------- Laraby tries to save the lives of a victim and the shooter, but both die. Teenagers Anne Hagen and Jimmy Jaspersen are in the hospital when her mom Doris arrives. Also there are Lori and Sue Carline. The three teenage girls share in common that their dads were with them at Carby¿s and are now dead as a result of the mass shootings. Jimmy was also there with Annie and her father.-------------- Psychologist Dr. Abler offers help to the survivors and their loved ones. Abler explains to Anne about grief, but she insists she is a witness to God¿s plan and she held her brave dad¿s hand while she was under a table and he courageously remained exposed to the killer. The psychologist turns to Jimmy, who is unable to speak. Another survivor forty-eight year old Charlie Archenault, a father and husband, was shot, but is okay. He feels lucky to be alive so he just leaves, takes out money and drives to a casino. Twenty-two year old cashier Carla Davenport is shook up, but also just leaves to pick up her baby Davy from the sitter.--------------- This novelization of an upcoming movie contains a strong premise of following what happens to the survivors and their loved ones of a shooting at a public place that left people dead. The ensemble cast contains unique characters with each person coping differently. However, the rotating perspective at times becomes difficult to follow with what is happening to everyone. Still WINGED CREATURES is an intriguing character study that looks deep into the aftermath of a personal tragedy.------------ Harriet Klausner
LOUdellarosa More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. I was kept hanging to find out why the girl acted as she did. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book, is a book that I will really like. I have tried to find the actual book and I have seen the movie trailer and I am so glad that I have found it for the NOOK! I want to see that movie as well, but after I read the book. I have seen the trailer, which I said earlier, and I am also excited because it has JOSH HUTCHERSON and DAKOTA FANNING in it. They are wonderful actors and I cna't wait to read it. Thanks for your time. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a truly involving look at post traumatic stress disorder and the various ways it can effect people who even just witness a brutal act of violence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book truely touched me in a way no other book has before. I loved every page from start to finish it was truely a masterpiece for this day and age.