Pelican Smile

Pelican Smile

by Wendy Beach

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Pelican Smile by Wendy Beach

When Penny Leighton's father dies a huge hole is left in her heart, and it is a hole she has fallen into deeply. Feeling haunted by his memory and left out of the memorial by his widow, she becomes preoccupied with the need to know where his remains have been scattered. Penny's search lasts almost ten years, leading to a terrible discovery. Her errant step-mother has not scattered her father's ashes, as requested, but has placed them in the back of a wardrobe. Desperate and depressed, Penny breaks into her stepmother's new house in an attempt to steal the ashes and set her father's spirit free. Instead, she discovers how to set herself free—to forgive.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045757645
Publisher: Wendy Beach
Publication date: 03/10/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 484,084
File size: 54 KB

About the Author

Wendy Beach lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is a writing student at Edith Cowan University. Her previous work was as an anthropological research assistant, and she is currently a safety coordinator and WH&S document writer. Wendy published several short stories in the Green Egg Magazine in the 1990s. Her influences include Stephen King and Robert A. Heinlein. She lives in an old house on a large tree-filled block near the Swan River. She shares her home with two children, her cats and a blue tongue lizard. In her spare time she tends her organic vegetable patch and assorted fruit trees. She also enjoys painting impressionist landscapes.

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Pelican Smile 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Wendy Beach offers an apparent twist-in-the-tale story - “Pelican Smile” opens with a woman scouring obituary notices - we can be pretty sure that something far subtler than that will ensue. Indeed, there is a twist in this story of a woman waiting for her mother-in-law to pass on, but the twist is based on a generous, moving, and satisfying irony. The story combines a simple and compelling narrative, told with admirable economy, with a real turn for the telling phrase, for instance the pelican “risen from the wet sand to carry away her father’s life force in its sagging bill.” A brief and rewarding story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am suprized i am the only person to read and like this book. I feel lonly with no friends. This is realy dissapointing.have you ever feel this way?