Warning: May contain spoilers. This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. Translator Kim does stellar work in rendering the tale into colloquial English, and the narrative is decorated with minimalist pen-and-ink drawings from the Japanese artist Nomoco. Bennett's novel plays with its characters' nagging feelings of being incomplete—for the twins without each other; for Jude’s boyfriend, Reese, who is trans and seeks surgery; for their friend Barry, who performs in drag as Bianca. It calls up Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the book's 50-year-old antecedent. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly is a fable that was originally published in Korea. Much to the dismay of her husband and father-in-law, Alice signs up and soon learns the ropes from the library’s leader, Margery. Tending bar as a side job in Beverly Hills, she catches a glimpse of her mother’s doppelgänger. In the second half, Jude spars with her cousin Kennedy, Stella's daughter, a spoiled actress. Desiree, the “fidgety twin,” and Stella, “a smart, careful girl,” make their break from stultifying rural Mallard, Louisiana, becoming 16-year-old runaways in 1954 New Orleans. Copyright LibraryThing and/or members of LibraryThing, authors, publishers, libraries, cover designers, Amazon, Bol, Bruna, etc. Bennett keeps all these plot threads thrumming and her social commentary crisp. Margery doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, rejects marriage, and would rather be on horseback than in a kitchen. She has always wanted to lay an egg and be able to sit on it and hatch it and raise the chick, so imagine her happiness when she finds a deserted egg that she is able to hatch! I've seen this described as Charlotte's Web with chickens. Upon its publication in 2000, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly became an instant classic, remaining on bestseller lists for ten years and inspiring the highest-grossing animated film in Korean history. Stella, ensconced in White society, is shedding her fur coat. Sun-Mi Hwang RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2020. And even though all this makes Margery a town pariah, Alice quickly grows to like her. She’s just about to resign herself to a life of boredom when an opportunity presents itself in the form of a traveling horseback library—an initiative from Eleanor Roosevelt meant to counteract the devastating effects of the Depression by focusing on literacy and learning. ; Sprout’s a caged laying hen on a small farm. A love letter to the power of books and friendship. GENERAL FICTION. The Hen Who Dreamed she Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang - review 'After just reading the first page, I was completely sucked into this story bursting with originality' That'sMe.