The culmination of a ten-year career in falconry, Lift is a memoir that illustrates the journey and life lessons of a woman navigating a man’s ancient sport. Captivated by a chance meeting with a falconer’s peregrine as a child, the indelible memory eventually brings the author’s life full circle to flying a peregrine of her own. Exploring themes of predator and prey, finding tribe, forgiveness and femininity, the memoir asks universal questions through a unique backdrop. Lift illustrates the beauty and meaning the sport of falconry can add to a falconer’s life, echoing the challenges and triumphs of being human.
Rebecca K. O’Connor is an exotic animal trainer with a degree in creative writing. A falconer with a lifelong passion for birds and writing, she finds her inspiration hunting in the Southern California hills with a red-tailed hawk. She shares her home with an unruly collection of animals that she refuses to train and gets her best advice from Ty, an African gray parrot who insists he’s a chicken hawk.