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Rebecca Rasmussen’s masterful debut novel tells the story of sisters Milly and Twiss—and how the events of one summer changed their lives forever.

When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds’ heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can’t, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who’ve brought them. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.

But back in the summer of 1947, Milly and Twiss knew nothing about trying to mend what had been accidentally broken. Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes, and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told. That was the summer their golf pro father got into an accident that cost him both his swing and his charm, and their mother, the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, finally admitted their hardscrabble lives wouldn’t change. It was the summer their priest, Father Rice, announced that God didn’t exist and ran off to Mexico, and a boy named Asa finally caught Milly’s eye. And, most unforgettably, it was the summer their cousin Bett came down from a town called Deadwater and changed the course of their lives forever.

Rebecca Rasmussen’s masterfully written debut novel is full of hope and beauty, heartbreak and sacrifice, love and the power of sisterhood, and offers wonderful surprises at every turn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rasmussen’s debut novel is full of grace and humanity. Her heroines are fearless and romantic, endearing and engaging, and her poetic prose creates an almost magical, wholly satisfying world…Enchanting and timeless.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Achingly authentic and almost completely character driven, the story of the sisters depicts the endlessly binding ties of family.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A charming yet sober tale of two girls struggling to grow up amid family turmoil and poverty.”

    Booklist

  • “A bittersweet, charmingly offbeat debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rasmussen’s gorgeous debut is infused with a certain grace.”

    Siobhan Fallon, actress and author of You Know When the Men Are Gone

  • “Rasmussen has written her graceful debut…with unflinching and transporting empathy.”

    Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting

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About the Author
Author Rebecca Rasmussen

Rebecca Rasmussen, author and educator, has taught English and creative writing at universities across the country. Her stories have appeared in Triquarterly and Mid-American Review magazines, and she has been a finalist in both Narrative magazine’s 30 Below contest and in Glimmer Train‘s Family Matters contest. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches writing at UCLA. The Bird Sisters is her first novel.