She applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, The Bird House, and reported the following:
Ah, the magic of page 69. In my new novel, The Bird House, a school genealogy project unlocks a series of connected family secrets between grandmother and granddaughter. And on page 69, Ann Harris, the 70-year-old narrator, learns that her 8 year-old granddaughter, Ellie, has decided to make “bird houses” the theme of her class project.Learn more about the book and author at Kelly Simmons' website and blog.
Here is Ann’s response:
“But a bird house is such a ... I don’t know ... such a small thing. In the scheme of a family and a heritage and a ... legacy.”The main secret alluded to, the emotional heft moves into focus, and the title is starting to make sense. A reader’s dream, all on one page.
I tasted tears in my throat. Were they caused by her choice, or my own fumbling words? She knew nothing, so why did it matter, why did it hurt so much?
I breathed in sharply, willing it away. I was becoming a dreaded thing: a silly, sentimental, forgetful old woman.
The Page 69 Test: Standing Still.
My Book, The Movie: Standing Still.
Writers Read: Kelly Simmons.