REVIEW: “Birds of a Feather” by Jenna Hanan Moore

Review of Jenna Hanan Moore, “Birds of a Feather,” Luna Station Quarterly 48 (2021): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.

I had to lolsob at the opening line of this story — “Today is the day. After months of lockdown, the Avalon Café is finally open for indoor dining” — because I read it the evening the UK voted to implement more stringent measures. There are days where I wish reality resembled fiction a little more…

But since I can’t do any of the things I want to be doing right now, I’m living vicariously through those who can, and that includes, Janice, who is back at the Café for the first time in far too long. That would’ve been good enough, but then it gets better: There’s an emu.

This was exactly the story I needed to read on a night like tonight.