The inspiration for Midnight at the Blackbird Café came years ago in a song. After hearing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” for the first time, it haunted me. I was captivated with the concept of broken wings and how emotional wounds can keep many from being able to metaphorically fly. And if blackbirds could, what would they sing to us in the dead of the night? What do we most want to hear? My answer to that question formed the heart of this book, which is about two women in the midst of grief who realize that there might be more to life — and death — than either of them dreamed possible.
This novel is set in a fictional northeast Alabama town, where magic lurks in the long shadows of Lookout Mountain, and I dearly hope you’ll find a little magic in its pages as well.
Over the past few weeks, we released chapters of Heather Webber's best-selling novel Midnight at the Blackbird Café here, and now all chapters have been posted and are available online exclusively for AARP members.
Click on the table of contents below to access them, or scroll down the page to meet the author and read brief chapter introductions, with evocative illustrations by Nick Matej.
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