Other Birds

Other Birds: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen

Title:  Other Birds: A Novel
AuthorSarah Addison Allen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre:  Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 288
Date of US Publication: 30 August, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

Sarah Addison Allen has an impressive catalog of work but this title is my first by her even though her name has been on my radar for years. I've always planned on reading S.A.A. and I was trying to wait until the pandemic was over but since that's never happening I jumped in now with this title and I am so very glad that I did. 

S.A.A's writing style, I've read, is magical and charming - I certainly found this to be magical, charming, and captivating. I will absolutely read more of the author's work, past and future. 

eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


From the acclaimed author of Garden Spells comes a tale of lost souls, 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's 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's 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.


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