According to this month’s memoirists, a surprise rooster is a formerly sweet hen that starts acting like a brute and grows feathers in suspicious places. Cock-a-doodle-doo! Oddly, the first two memoirs I read this month (Bootstrapper and Mud Season) featured a surprise rooster that both authors thought was a hen but turned out not to be—a charming coincidence. The other memoirs featured metaphorical surprise roosters: a partner who turns abusive, a loving father who kidnaps his daughter, and a parent who absents himself from his family.
Erin “Laser Fingers” Shea in her latest Library Journal column.