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‘Cygnet’: Featured Fiction from Season Butler

In today’s installment of featured fiction, we present an excerpt from Season Butler’s novel Cygnet, out today from Harper.

Publishers Weekly called the book poignant, adding that “Butler has created an appealingly rich world with quirky, flawed characters and a dramatic landscape determined by the constant action of wind and water. Butler delivers a potent and finely calibrated novel.”

Cygnet 

Pocahontas, you little ignoramus. Shouldn’t you be at school?”

“Mental-health day.”

That’s our little joke.

“Well, Miss Mental Health Day, you better move that caboose. You’re late.”

I am, or nearly anyway.

Before I can make an excuse, Rose

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