She Named Him Michael is a novel of old wounds and very old wounds, and making an existence in spite of wounds. In this, Rounds has uncovered all of the mystery behind Coleridge’s epic poem, The Ancient Mariner… Clearly, the old mariner Rounds has seen and lived and done things in her life beyond the rest of us. Her courage alone in shaping this story would awe any brave heart. Theologian Malcolm Guite observes of Coleridge’s famous bird, Michael is testament that “the root of human evil lies in acts of needless violence against other species.” And here is Rounds, yanking that weed from the earth.
-- Barrett Warner, Entropy Magazine
She Named Him Michael does not simply illustrate fictional accounts of grief and pain, but invites readers to reflect on their own experiences and emotions. It calls on us to look inwards, to challenge what we see, and to grow.
-- Katya Ellis, Atticus Review
This is the story of a real headless chicken, and his real owners. These events, though, are colored in by Rounds’ imagination. Folk stories are meant to be repeated, but it is up to the teller to make them interesting. With this blend of fact, imagination, and legend, Rounds gives the post poetry, post prose reader a true folk story that can be passed down from reader to reader, gibing each the chance to wonder—did this really happen?
--Kristen Russell, JMWW