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The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
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May 01, 2011

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The Bird Sisters tells the sad, sweet story of Milly and Twiss, sisters born to parents who long for everything they can't have. Their father is a golf pro, a golden boy always looking for the admiration and respect that comes with his talent for golf, until he suddenly loses that talent and has to remake himself. Their mother longs for glamour and style as spends her days trying to make ends meet in a small, backwater town. Milly works to comfort and hold her family together with elaborate and delicious baking projects and Twiss runs wild in the fields around their home, tormenting the snapping turtles. Then one hot and humid summer everything comes to a head with the visit of a sickly but scheming cousin.

This debut novel is mostly about the relationship between the sisters, how they know, love and forgive each other everything. Their differences, one longing for domesticity and comfort while the other wants wildness and adventure lead them both to give up everything in the protection of the other. I really enjoyed the close examination of this bond and the juxtaposition of their relationships with their cousin and parents. The story focuses on their early years as remembered by them in old age. I wish there had been more of their middle years, the time when they are actually rescuing birds together. Still, it is beautifully written in an old-fashioned, quiet way and perfumed with a scent of melancholy and sadness.
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Candy I felt the same way about not hearing much about the sisters and the birds!

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