Monday, September 5, 2022
Book Review: "Other Birds" by Sarah Addison Allen
“There are birds, and then there are other birds. Maybe they don’t sing. Maybe they don’t fly. Maybe they don’t fit in. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be an other bird than just the same old thing.”
Zoey relocates from Tulsa to Mallow Island, which is off the South Carolina coast. The plan is for her to live in her late mother’s condo until college starts in the fall in Charleston. When she arrives with her bird, Pigeon, she is quickly enchanted by the mischievous, beautiful birds—the dellawhisps—which inhabit the complex and give the building its name.
Equally as enchanting, however, are her human neighbors. Each has their own secrets, their own burdens, their own stories. And, of course, there are the ghosts who inhabit the Dellawhisp as well.
I loved everything about this book—the magical realism, the theme of chosen family, the vivid imagery and gorgeous storytelling. So much of this book's beauty comes from letting things unfold slowly. This was my first book by Sarah Addison Allen but it definitely won’t be my last. What a perfect pick from BOTM this month!!
Labels: birds, book reviews, family, fantasy, fiction, friendship, ghosts, grief, growing up, loss, love, magical realism, relationships
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