A Notion of Pelicans - Coming September 2016!

A Notion of Pelicans – by Donna Salli

On a windblown bluff above Lake Superior sits a fieldstone church. Founded one hundred years ago after a puzzling encounter with a flock of pelicans left Lavinia with a curious notion, Pelican Church still draws inquisitive souls to its pews with the legend that one solitary bird still circles overhead, watching.

These people have notions of their own — a pastor’s wife wants a honeymoon, a professor has harebrained ideas, a business owner is in everyone’s face, a young actress can do or be anything onstage yet struggles with every real-life decision — and their stories, tucked away for years, unfold and glide onto the pages of Donna Salli’s intimate debut novel.

The people of Pelican Church are oh-so-human and expose their mix of shifting hopes and obsessions, protected infidelities, and notions gone awry as one October day swings from sunup to sundown under the watchful gaze of a single pelican.

​ISBN: 978-1-68201-035-8
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Page Count: 184
Publication Date: September 2016

Hear Donna read an excerpt from her book

Donna Salli’s KAXE interview

To hear the whole interview, click this KBXE link
Special thanks to KBXE – Northern Community Radio,
as well as to Katie Carter for producing.

Such a strong book with so many layers and lives at stake in it

Underlying all of the everyday lives filling the pages of Donna Salli's majestic, domestic, magical, mysterious A Notion of Pelicans there are always hints of the most significant powers. The book says, “A person will struggle--she'll fight.  She'll do just about...

Every page is a joy to read.

In the very best way, Donna Salli’s A Notion of Pelicans is a book to settle into. There is a storm on the way, but from the beautiful opening scene then into the voices of compelling, complicated and strong women connected to the Pelican Church, this book unfolds...

Curl up with Salli’s engaging book now

If ever five women had “good” husbands, the five women Donna Salli introduces us to, do. Yet marriages can go askew, even in a lovely little town on huge, wonderful Lake Superior. What better setting for Salli’s fiction, as intimate as a diary, involving family,...

Salli is a new voice with strong feminine undertones…

After nearly forty years working as a theater director and adaptor of novels and poetry for the stage, I found myself front row center in Donna Salli’s inaugural novel, A Notion of Pelicans, for me a play in five acts. Act One begins on hallowed ground on which...
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