Set in the 1990s, A Thousand Howls in Silver Air meanders across Florida, the swamp-green state that dips like a hook into two bodies of salt, and the Mid-West, a paper-gray place like a sigh, a flock of geese above a river. The story begins in an undergraduate literature class, when Poetry meets Love, an eccentric woman who will change her life forever. Love reveals her soul through her writing, quickly becoming Poetry’s idol, but the intensity of their relationship leads to destructive outcomes. Poetry must rely on her commitment to her art to steer her through the loss.
A Thousand Howls in Silver Air alternates between poetry and prose. The main characters follow the echoes of literature, music, art, nature and dreams on journeys of self-discovery, and the plot explores relatable themes of female friendship, home, love, identity and sexuality.
"One important thing is that A Thousand Howls in Silver Air is
a love story. There’s also the life of an artist, female friendship,
coming of age, being on the road, and a host of other themes, but first
and foremost it is a messy, realistic, deep love story."
- Ralph Williams
"I love the movement in the chapter, "White Rocket, Silver Meteor." The
images of place build and swell like Florida clouds as Love and Poetry
make their pilgrimages. Each time I put this chapter down, I start
dreaming up my next road trip, determined to bring some of Michelle's
poetic eye along with me this time."
- Rebecca Wise
"In A Thousand Howls in Silver Air the prose and poetry sit
together like a strong dialogue, a conversation and echo, a speech and a
song. This rhythmic, tuneful, multilayered and beautifully textured book
resonated with me on a personal level.
A Thousand Howls in Silver Air is good company, wise, a piece
of art, intricate and well-architected."
- Jen O’Hagan
"I could wrap myself up in these words and go to sleep.
A Thousand Howls in Silver Air reminds me when I first learned
to whistle. Makes me want a drink. I can taste it. I feel the heat and
how its heaviness slows everything down. I love how strong the women are
in this story. There is excellent music, imagery and foreshadowing
within the poems. A Thousand Howls in Silver Air is evocative.
It feels like home when I read it."
- Christine Finke
"The shifts between prose and poetry in
A Thousand Howls in Silver Air feel natural, as if we as
readers were joining the author not only in reflecting on her
experiences but also in understanding how these individual memories are
connected in her mind. There are several points in the book, including
the last chapter, that reminded me of a polyphonic melody: multiple
streams of dialogue or recorded thought processes that sounded
simultaneously but never competitively, all seeming to work toward the
author’s goal of finding a kind of harmonic balance in these past
- Allen Daniel
"A Thousand Howls in Silver Air is intimate, raw, funny and
sad. It is an Americana wanderlust story about a relationship between a
brave, sensual poet and a vulnerable, impulsive writer. This brilliant,
beautiful book made me cry until I crumbled, and I was grateful for the
parts that put me back together."
- Loretta Olek
"A Thousand Howls in Silver Air is a book of healing and time
travel. I felt this all the way through, the traveling toward and the
letting go, the perfect timing of the chapters, the way they showed up
and carried through, like a perfectly tracked mixed tape. This complex
novella is filled with pathways, passageways, prismatic layers,
vulnerability, funny moments, clarity, compassion, and honesty.
A Thousand Howls in Silver Air is for anyone connected to past,
present and future simultaneously."
- Kate Kyle