Review: The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
Author: Rebecca Rasmussen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Source: Personal Copy
Once a bird had lost his ability to fly, not much else could be done in the way of mending him. Losing a wing was a little like losing a leg and the freedom of movement, of spirit, it granted you; most people could live without the former but not the latter.
If in marriages disagreements were like roots, their mother and father’s were like the roots of the oak tree in the backyard that had grown into the house instead of away from it, cracking the foundation and setting the floors aslant.
A bird’s wing, though it contained several distinct bones, functioned as though it contained only one. You couldn’t fiddle with even the tiniest bone without repercussions in the larger ones.The Bird Sisters is full of beautiful, heartfelt prose and unforgettable characters. Rasmussen expertly weaves the multiple layers of this bittersweet, character-driven book. The bird symbolism was there, but it was very subtle. I always appreciate an author who assumes that readers are astute. Overall, this coming of age story was about how these two sisters deal with a loss of innocence, and their resilience even when their dreams fail to come true.