"Delilah of Sunhats and Swans, Volker's first novel, combines the insouciance of youth with the tragedy of experience. It tells the bittersweet story of one young woman's transformative effect upon the lives of others. Delilah is a seeker -- a pilgrim and a stranger. She is also a charmer, a being blessed with a charisma as mysterious as it luminous. Haunted by her past, Delilah somehow manages to make the most of the present. You won't soon forget her."
On a rainy afternoon an enigmatic, 18 year old girl steps off a bus in a small New England town, transforming the lives of everyone she touches. Amos Harrison owns the diner she first steps into, and something compels him to convince her to stay. Virginia Emmet, an older woman living alone, is drawn to invite her to stay with her. And Harold Reinman is a young man left with the mind of a child from an abusive event who connect to the world via quotes from the many books he reads. He and Delilah are drawn to each other, feeling a kindred spirit. But as Delilah makes a new life, a dark and haunting past is about to catch up with her.
Alice Fulton, Poet and Guggenheim Fellow