Ezra works as a live-in groundskeeper on a celebrity couple’s enormous rental property in Los Angeles. When the magnetic Sybil sets her sights on Ezra and gradually lures him in, he is as conflicted as he is tempted. Then Grant, her husband, approaches Ezra with a different proposalto monitor Sybil to see if she is having an affairand he is faced with the formidable challenge in refusing one or the other.
And so begins this sexy, mesmerizing novel about Sybil, an actress desperately hoping for the important role that will resurrect her faltering career; Grant, a cunning, self-made movie producer infamous for subterfuge and secrets; and Ezra, the beautiful, troubled young man they employa man haunted by the memory and teachings of his mother, the leader of a new-age cult that deifies birds.
Over one life-altering week, Sybil casts Ezra as the center of her universe. Together, they fantasize about the new life for both of them, where Sybil directs and stars in an controversial film about the Middle East, and Ezra can finally realize his dream of traveling to photograph exotic birds, a craft he has cultivated in the hummingbird-filled gardens of the property. But when Sybil’s husband Grant discovers their passionate affair, the three are set on a collision course that can only end in violence.
In The Hummingbirds, Ross McMeekin captures people yearning for deep connections in a shallow world defined by the twin obsessions of power and beauty. It is a story of love and redemption, of murder and betrayal, and of the darkness that lurks in the heart of Hollywood.
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About the Author
Ross McMeekin’s short stories have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Shenandoah, Redivider, PANK, and elsewhere. His essays have appeared in Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, and Green Mountains Review. He’s a weekly columnist for the Ploughshares blog, where he reviews short fiction. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Tin House Summer Workshop. He is a former fellow of the Richard Hugo House and the Jack Straw Writers Program. He lives in Seattle.