Ten tales are told by the souls of animals killed in human conflicts in the past century or so. Each narrator also pays homage to an author who has written imaginatively about animals during much the same time span.
It is intellectually exhilarating and emotionally devastating. The reader is harmoniously engaged on three levels: with a fictional character, with the mind of the writer, and with one’s own experience.
The conflicts in these stories, regardless of setting or fabulist magic, coalesce into the larger narrative that is always unfolding on earth: the fight for existence, life beginning and inevitably ending.