With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Susan Hand Shetterly’s most recent book of essays is Settled in the Wild, which won the Maine Literary Award for nonfiction in 2011. She lives in Surry, Maine.
I headed back to the cottage, carrying the gull out in front of me with both hands. All it did was paddle its legs. The bird weighed almost nothing, but deep in its dense feathers its body was hot, and the heat of it ran like a shock through my fingers and up my arms.