Other Birds, Sarah Addison Allen

An illustrated blue/green cover with a golden birdcage with blue birds fluttering around it.

“We all want to think we’re worth the trouble.”

Other Birds is a character-driven story that centers around the people that live at the Dellawisp. With a bit of otherworldly at play, the author focuses on Zoey, whose remaining family is less than stellar. So she heads to college early to stay at her mother’s condo in the Dellawisp. Her bubbly personality might be just the thing the other residents need.

Zoey is a fount of positivity. She’s been through so much in her young life, but her personality draws people in. This is a sweet story about friendship and found families. The characters are flawed and unique, and they’re healing. With the added birds, both ones you can see and those you cannot, there is a touch of whimsy in the storyline. Overall, this is a thoughtful and touching read. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along.

Book Links (releasing August 30th)


About the Book

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.

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