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Other Birds

By Sarah Addison Allen
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Publisher Description

The New York Times Bestseller

From the acclaimed author of Garden Spells comes an enchanting tale of lost souls, lonely strangers, secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can guide you home.

Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island, South Carolina, lies a stunning cobblestone building comprised of five apartments. It’s called The Dellawisp and it is named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy.

When Zoey Hennessey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment at The Dellawisp, she meets her quirky, enigmatic neighbors including a girl on the run, a grieving chef whose comfort food does not comfort him, two estranged middle-aged sisters, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written.

When one of her new neighbors dies under odd circumstances the night Zoey arrives, she is thrust into the mystery of The Dellawisp, which involves missing pages from a legendary writer whose work might be hidden there. She soon discovers that many unfinished stories permeate the place, and the people around her are in as much need of healing from wrongs of the past as she is. To find their way they have to learn how to trust each other, confront their deepest fears, and let go of what haunts them.

Delightful and atmospheric, Other Birds is filled with magical realism and moments of pure love that won’t let you go. Sarah Addison Allen shows us that between the real and the imaginary, there are stories that take flight in the most extraordinary ways.

350 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“Prepare yourself for a beautiful adventure that will take you on a lovely experience of what it means to be family! Within these pages you'll be invited into moments of hope, intrigue and possibility. You'll root for every one of these characters in one way or another and be all the better for it when you've reached the last page.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growColorful personalitiesMulti-layered characters
Thumbs Up“I am a fan of magical realism - and this is that, with several mysteries thrown in. I listened to the audiobook. About 3/4 of the way through I was debating whether or not I would finish (occasionally, I find deep Southern drawls irritating). However, WHAT A PAYOFF! The small details that bugged me suddenly made sense. I literally bust into tears. Great book. Highly recommend.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growColorful personalities
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Other Birds is a magical realism novel set on an island in South Carolina. Zoey has just graduated high school and is moving into her late-mother’s condo - a small place off the beaten path. The Dellawisp and the residents all have an air of magical secrecy, and Zoey quickly meets two estranged sisters, a young woman, a chef, and three ghosts. This was the perfect light read - it had enough of a mystery to keep me engaged but it was so heartwarming and fun to read from the very beginning. The magical realism is definitely they’re but it was done in such a fun way - the ghost’s stories were as interesting as the main characters.”
Colorful personalitiesDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautiful settingEnchantingMagical setting
Slightly Smiling Face“Loved the book, there were so many different and then interesting stories and I'm glad that everyone has found their place”
Characters change and grow
Loudly Crying Face“Oh my goodness. This book made me feel things I didn't expect to feel. I felt joy and sadness all at once. Such a great story.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growRelatable charactersAddictiveBeautiful settingMade me cry

About Sarah Addison Allen

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, The Peach Keeper, First Frost and Lost Lake. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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