Other Birds

Brilliance Audio. Aug. 2022. 8:51 hrs. ISBN 9781469222110. $37.99. F
On dreamy Mallow Island, outside Charleston, SC, resides an engaging ensemble of misfits who live in the Dellawisp apartments: Mac the executive chef, Charlotte the henna artist, Frasier the property manager, Oliver the recent college graduate, and two estranged sisters, Lizbeth and Lucy. New resident Zoey, a bubbly incoming college freshman, is the catalyst for bringing the Dellawisp folks together after the passing of one of the residents. Siiri Scott’s engaging narration accompanies listeners as the story moves from past to present, revealing the residents’ backstories and introducing ghosts, both symbolic and literal. As residents come to know one another, they are able to reconcile with the past and slowly begin to heal from their metaphorical ghosts and bid farewell to the literal ones. Scott sensitively takes listeners through the twists and turns in each resident’s story, ending on a hopeful note. With ghosts that are comforting rather than frightening, this story, gently laced with magical realism, weaves a charming spell.
VERDICT With its underlying theme of resilience and growth, Allen’s (First Frost) latest will have wide appeal. A great match for book clubs.
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