Claire Tacon

Claire Tacon’s first novel, In the Field, was the winner of the 2010 Metcalf-Rooke award. Her second book, In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo, was published in May 2018. Claire was recently an artist in residence as part of Dreamwalker Dance Company’s Guelph Shebang collective. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award and the CBC Literary Prizes, and has appeared in journals and anthologies such as The New Quarterly, SubTerrain and Best Canadian Short Stories. She lectures at St. Jerome’s University and currently lives in Guelph with her family.

In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo

Wolsak & Wynn

When Henry Robinson’s daughter Starr is born with Williams Syndrome, he promises to devote his life to making her happy. More than twenty years later, Henry works at Frankie’s Funhouse, where he repairs the animatronic band that Starr loves, wrestling with her attempts at living outside the family home. His wife wishes he would allow Starr more independence and turn his attention a little more to their own relationship and their other daughter, Melanie. As tensions mount, Henry’s young coworker reveals he needs to get to Chicago Comic Con to win back his ex-girlfriend, so Henry packs Starr (and her pet turtles) and Darren into the van for a road trip no one was prepared for. Read more.