Book Review: Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen


Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

St. Martin’s Press (August 30, 2022)


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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A gem of a story!

A well written story with a varied, eccentric group of characters. Zoey’s youth and excitement encompasses the other tenants to become a created family who gives what is lacking in each other lives. A touch of magic, a bit of mystery, and meddling ghosts add to this wonderful story.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (July 30, 2022)

Ebook provided by publisher via Netgalley

Purchased hardback via Brenda Novak Monthly Book Box (October)

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

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