Sy Montgomery Dances on the West Wind with ‘The Hawk’s Way’

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By WAYNE D. KING, NH Secrets, Legends and Lore

“Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops

Sail over the canyons and up to the stars

And reach for the heavens and hope for the future

And all that we can be and not what we are.”

~ John Denver

It may seem to some nearly heretical to use the lyrics of a song to highlight the poetic and beautiful writing of Sy Montgomery but I suspect that she of all folks would understand that expressions of the beauty and joy that the animal kingdom bring to us all serve to complement one another and give more strength to the final message, not dissonance.

Researching articles, films, and her 31 books for adults and children, nationally bestselling author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her work has taken her from the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea (for a book on tree kangaroos) to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi (for another on snow leopards.) 

For THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS (a National Book Award finalist) she befriended octopuses at the New England aquarium and scuba-dived and snorkeled with wild octopuses in Mexico and French Polynesia; next, she drew on her scuba skills to cage dive with great white sharks. 

Her latest book, out May 3, 2022, is “The Hawk’s Way” in which she becomes “the junior partner” to this extraordinary ruler of the sky. 

Sy lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, and their border collie Thurber.

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