The Bird Sisters

By Rebecca Rasmussen; Sands Xe (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, MP3 CD, 9781452656830)

Publication Date: March 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, Hardcover

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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.

About the Author

Author and educator Rebecca Rasmussen 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. Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of Thrill of the Chase by Christina Crooks and Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber. From poignant young adult fiction to powerful first-person narrative, Sands's characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate. She has also won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein.

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  1. The Bird Sisters is set in Spring Green, Wisconsin, a small farming community by the Wisconsin River. Spring Green seems to be distinct in nearly every way from Deadwater, Minnesota, which is where Cousin Bett has grown up. How does each location shape the story, each community, and our characters? Can you imagine Milly and Twiss in Deadwater? How do the places we live shape us? 

Praise For The Bird Sisters

"Rasmussen has written her graceful debut . . . with unflinching and transporting empathy." ---Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting

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