A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga, by Julia Whitty
“The title alone begs that this brilliant collection of short stories be read. I read Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga beachside in 2015. The stories are emotional, unique, riveting, imaginative, and at times have an otherworldly feel. The titular story is told from the perspective of a tortoise who is the companion to the Queen of Tonga. From captive orcas to an appearance by Charles Darwin, Whitty’s writing is something to behold.”
—Ann Kidd Taylor is the co-author of Traveling with Pomegranates, which she wrote with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd. Her latest novel, The Shark Club, will be published on June 6 ($17, amazon.com).
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