Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Other Birds
.ePUB, 241 pages
Expected Publication: 13 Sep 2022
By: St. Martin's Press

About The Book:
Between the real and the imaginary, there are stories that take flight in the most extraordinary ways. Right off the coast of South Carolina, on Mallow Island, The Dellawisp sits—a stunning cobblestone building shaped like a horseshoe and named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy. When Zoey comes to claim her deceased mother's apartment on Mallow Island, she meets her quirky and secretive neighbors, including a girl on the run, two estranged middle-aged sisters, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts. Each with their own story, Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn't written yet.

My Review:
“It was an odd feeling, when she really thought about it, not having anyone in the world who knew everything about you and loved you anyway.” 

 This book was so engaging, just like the characters in it. It is beautiful storytelling and so, so magical. A very poignant story which grabs your imagination from page one. I couldn’t put it down as I really wanted to immerse myself in these characters lives and those around them dealing with shifts of existence. We all think about whether the choices we've made were the best ones at the time and this book explores this with a magical, mysterious storyline and I loved it.

  “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.” 
 This book can go under many genres; new adult, magical realism, paranormal, romance, mystery, women's fiction...the list goes on and on but in a word, it was simply lovely. Beautiful, emotional and so believable. Read it in a couple of sittings. This book is compelling, heartbreaking and thought-provoking all at the same time and I was really pleased with the surprising secrets and twists. The central theme of everlasting hope shines through to the very end, I will miss these characters.

With many thanks to NetGalley, Sarah Addison Allen and St. Martin's Press for the giving of the ARC.



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