The Night Owl Sings

And Other Stories of Old Age

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Pub Date 5 May 2024 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2024

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Too often in literature, and American society, the old person is a trope: they are only a grandparent, or only an ailing body, or only an inability to keep up. In The Night Owl Sings, Judy McConnell's protagonists-all of them old-bust the stereotype of old age as a reductive experience.

As time tapers, love, relationships, disappointments, change, and everyday life sharpen. As each character lives their final years, a deep, literary complexity emerges, and the sum of a long life is totaled as it nears its conclusion.

Too often in literature, and American society, the old person is a trope: they are only a grandparent, or only an ailing body, or only an inability to keep up. In The Night Owl Sings, Judy...


Advance Praise

“In her short story collection The Night Owl Sings, Judy McConnell gives us the tales of older women caught in pivotal moments of their lives, finding a path forward. These are generous stories about caring—how we care for each other, how we care for ourselves.  A lovely collection.”

—Mary Logue, award-winning poet and author of over 30 books including the acclaimed Claire Watkins mystery series


“Judy McConnell has created vivid characters and revealing plots full of human frailties and self-discoveries, nuanced and rich with emotion. These are unusual, vivid stories.” —Mary Stewart Swanson, lifestyle editor for Sun Newspapers and author of the books Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny How You Can Love and Memories of My Childhood


“I have followed Judy McConnell’s writing career over the years, and this is her best book to date: a heartfelt dive into life after sixty.” —Mari Stella Wittenbreer, playwright and author of Temperence and the short story collection Twin Cities Modern

“In her short story collection The Night Owl Sings, Judy McConnell gives us the tales of older women caught in pivotal moments of their lives, finding a path forward. These are generous stories about...


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