Other Birds

Other Birds
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Year: 2022
ISBN: 9781250019868

After graduating high school, Zoey has returned to Mallow Island in South Carolina to claim the apartment her mother left her. The Dellawisp has a small cast of quirky residents: two estranged middle-aged sisters, a quiet chef, a struggling artistic young woman, and the reliable caretaker. But ghosts also linger here, and they have opinions about how these residents are living. As Zoey settles in, small mysteries emerge that bring these misfit “other birds” together. A lovely book about community and found family, with the lightly magical backdrop that Sarah Addison Allen is known for–a heartwarming and cozy read.

Did You Know?

  • Both the dellawisp birds that hover throughout the book and Mallow Island are fictional
  • The Dellawisp was loosely inspired by Melrose Place–the self-contained condo community setting1
  • Sarah Addison Allen considers herself a “pantser” when it comes to the writing process–she figures out the plots and all of the elements as she goes, rather than planning them ahead of time.1

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About the Book

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Publisher’s Description

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 old 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 at the Dellawisp she meets her quirky and secretive neighbors, including a young woman with a past, two estranged middle-aged sisters, and a lonely chef, and three ghosts. The sudden death of one of Zoey’s new neighbors sets off a search that leads to the island’s famous author and to a long-estranged relative of the sisters.
Each of them has a story, and each story has an ending which hasn’t yet been written.

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