REBECCA RASMUSSEN teaches creative writing and literature at Fontbonne University. Her stories have appeared in "Triquarterly "magazine and the "Mid-American Review." She was a finalist in both "Narrative" magazine's 30 Below Contest for writers under the age of thirty and in "Glimmer Train"'s Family Matters Contest. She lives with her husband and daughter in St. Louis. This is her first novel. Visit her at TheBirdSisters.com.
"THE BIRD SISTERS is truly something to crow about. Rasmussen's obvious intimacy with her characters...breathes such life into them, each voice is perfectly defined, whether her characters speak as teenager or septuagenarians."--"St. Louis" magazine "THE BIRD SISTERS is in no way imitative, it has the sturdy literary bones of pastoral masterworks such as Jane Smiley's "A Thousand Acres" and Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping."" - "St. Louis-Post Dispatch" "A magical debut, original and poignant, lovely and moving. THE BIRD SISTERS evokes the richly imaginative joys of childhood and the throat-aching betrayals and loyalties of being an adult. I absolutely loved THE BIRD SISTERS and will carry Milly and Twiss with me as if in a locket for a long, long time." -- Jenna Blum, bestselling author of "Those Who Save Us""What a book -- unique, beautifully written, vivid and heartbreaking. I loved it. With evocative and finely wrought prose, Rebecca Rasmussen has crafted a moving story that explores the fierce bonds, wounds, and tender complexities of the human heart. THE BIRD SISTERS is a magical debut."--Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" "THE BIRD SISTERS is that immensely satisfying combination of indelible characters and a suspenseful and cunningly revealed plot. In lovely evocative prose Rebecca Rasmussen conjures up her two sisters, Milly and Twiss, and their rural Wisconsin community during the summer that changed their lives. Full of wonderful surprises, this is a splendid debut that will stay with the reader long after the last page."-Margot Livesey "Rebecca Rasmussen has written her graceful debut, THE BIRD SISTERS, with unflinching and transporting empathy. After a few short chapters of this vivid, lucid novel, you will forget you are reading words on a page; the book in your hands will become a portable window into the interior lives of two remarkable sisters."-Stefan Merrill Block, author of "Thel