Take Wing and Fly Here is the first novel in Priyanka Kumar’s New West Trilogy, which explores our changing relationship with the outdoors in the American West. Set in Southern California, this delightful novel about birding tells the story of a Ph.D. candidate in physics whose life begins to unravel after he takes on a Big Year challenge. J.K.’s main competitor is the president of the oldest birding society in America, which is facing bankruptcy in its Centennial year. A brilliant, tightly woven narrative about ambition and fraught relationships, all while pursuing birds in the beautiful California hills and coast.