Accustomed to being an only child, adoptee Brian “Gumbo” Guillemot’s teenage hobby was searching for his birth parents. But when he finally finds his birth mother, Kim, he’s unprepared for the boisterous instant family that comes with her.
Besides Kim, no one knows anything about Brian’s birth father. With Kim refusing to answer any questions about him, Brian must choose whether to continue the search, even if it means alienating his few friends and both his families. But the more he learns, the more he wonders whether some things are better left unknown.
A late-bloomer’s coming of age story, The Home For Wayward Parrots explores friendship, romance, modern families and geek pop culture with wit, compassion and extremely foul-mouthed birds.
Praise for The Home for Wayward Parrots
"A bittersweet tale of eccentricity, delayed development and getting on with the messy business of life."
~ Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star
"This novel should be devoured in a single sitting."
~ Megan Kuklis, The Fiddlehead
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This coming-of-age story is light-years away from precious and is refreshingly absent of prom crises and football stars. It starts with Brian, age 30, sitting on the toilet when he receives his first email from his birth mother—although much of the book takes place in his younger life. Brian’s search for his parents is about keeping himself busy; there's no identity crisis or longing at play. Darusha Wehm portrays nerd life extremely well and hilariously brings the titular parrots to life: Brian’s birth mom provides refuge to several foulmouthed birds.