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The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen - Excerpt

The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen - Excerpt

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When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds' heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can't, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who've brought them. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.

But back in the summer of 1947, Milly and Twiss knew nothing about trying to mend what had been accidentally broken. Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told. That was the summer their golf pro father got into an accident that cost him both his swing and his charm, and their mother, the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, finally admitted their hardscrabble lives wouldn't change. It was the summer their priest, Father Rice, announced that God didn't exist and ran off to Mexico, and a boy named Asa finally caught Milly's eye. And, most unforgettably, it was the summer their cousin Bett came down from a town called Deadwater and changed the course of their lives forever.

Rebecca Rasmussen's masterfully written debut novel is full of hope and beauty, heartbreak and sacrifice, love and the power of sisterhood, and offers wonderful surprises at every turn.

To read more about The Bird Sisters or Rebecca Rasmussen please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds' heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can't, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who've brought them. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.

But back in the summer of 1947, Milly and Twiss knew nothing about trying to mend what had been accidentally broken. Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told. That was the summer their golf pro father got into an accident that cost him both his swing and his charm, and their mother, the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, finally admitted their hardscrabble lives wouldn't change. It was the summer their priest, Father Rice, announced that God didn't exist and ran off to Mexico, and a boy named Asa finally caught Milly's eye. And, most unforgettably, it was the summer their cousin Bett came down from a town called Deadwater and changed the course of their lives forever.

Rebecca Rasmussen's masterfully written debut novel is full of hope and beauty, heartbreak and sacrifice, love and the power of sisterhood, and offers wonderful surprises at every turn.

To read more about The Bird Sisters or Rebecca Rasmussen please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Apr 12, 2011
Added to Scribd: Mar 16, 2011
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sed to be when a bird flew into a window, Milly and Twissgot a visit. Milly would put a kettle on and set out whateverculinary adventure she’d gone on that day. For morning ar-rivals, she offered her famous vanilla drop biscuits and raspberryjam. Twiss would get the medicine bag from the hall closet and ster-ilize the tools she needed, depending on the seriousness of the injury.A wounded limb was one thing. A wounded crop was another.People used to come from as far away as Reedsburg and Wil-ton. Milly would sit with them while Twiss patched up the
 poor old robin
or the
 sweet little meadowlark.
Over the years, the number of visitors had dwindled. Now that the grocery store sold ready- bakebiscuits and jelly in all the colors of the rainbow, people didn’t botheras much about birds.On a particularly low morning, while the two sisters were hav-ing tea and going over their chore lists, Milly pulled back the curtainswhen she heard an engine straining on one of the nearby hillsides.When all she saw was the empty gravel drive, the hawkweed pokingup along the edges, she let go of them.“We should be glad,” she said. “Maybe the birds are gettingsmarter.”Twiss brought the breakfast dishes to the sink. They were down
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