An Unlikely Search for Meaning
in the World's Most Magnificent Bird
2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence long list selection
"Often witty, sometimes glorious....a fine starting point to finding meaning in a world both cruel and beautiful."
—Sy Montgomery, The New York Times Sunday Book Review
"A sparkling confessional from a man who tries to protect the innocent and beautiful from a world that he knows all too well can be relentlessly awful."
—The Wall Street Journal
"One part love story and one part rescue tale and somehow not really about peacocks at all."
"One of the best summer reads of 2021....full of colorful and quirky details, beautiful writing, and unexpected twists that will have you viewing these magical birds in a new light."
—The Daily Beast
"A truly wise and tender sparkler of a book. Weaving memoir, history, reportage, and mythology, Sean Flynn tells not just a quirky story about iridescent birds but a more profound one about family and parenthood, the innocence of childhood and our own mortality. I read it in one gulp, moved and humored and carried away by Flynn's heart and artistry as a master storyteller."
"A wonderful book...that evolves into an investigation of one of evolutions biggest mysteries: Why does beauty exist?"