Rebecca Rasmussen’s Novel The Bird Sisters in Paperback

RIFers, you may remember our feature on Rebecca Rasmussen’s The Bird Sisters back in April. Editor Kate Kennedy, publicist Justina Batchelor, and Rebecca Rasmussen discussed The Bird Sisters, giving us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of a remarkable debut novel.

RIFer Laurie W. received a Read It First copy of The Bird Sisters and loved it! She sent in this review:

“This is a great book of love, loss and family. The relationship of Twiss and Milly gives us a look into what it is like to have a sister who is always there for you. Even when you get old. I think this quote sums up the book perfectly: ‘What she didn’t understand when she [Twiss] was fourteen, but understood very well now, was that not everyone in the world could be saved or, for that matter, wanted to be.'”

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Download the reader’s guide for Rebecca Rasmussen’s The Bird Sisters.

rebecca-rasmussen-author-photoREBECCA 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. Her first novel, The Bird Sisters, has been chosen for Target’s Emerging Authors Program. The Bird Sisters will be available in paperback wherever books are sold November 22, 2011.

Visit Rebecca online at, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Rebecca is one of our favorite authors on Twitter – she’s always posting clever, fun stuff!

RIFers! Hundreds of you received a Read It First copy of The Bird Sisters. What did you think of the read? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your review in a comment below.

About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

  • Ashley

    I think this looks like a very good book. Have just recently gotten into reading again.

  • Mysti French

    I read anything I can get my hands on… I’m always looking for new authors to fall in love with! Hope I win! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Rachel

    Sounds like a good book!

  • Min Li Lee

    This looks like a very interesting book. I too have a sister and I am sure I can understand the relationship between sisters.

  • Jessica

    I’m always looking for the next great read!

  • Megan

    looks great!

  • lisa

    I have a sister so it would be so much fun to read this book then hand it off to my sis so we can discuss it. Then she can give it to our sister-in-law who can then pass it on to her 3 sisters!

  • Minna Siegel

    Love a chance to read the book.

  • Tina

    Would love to read this!

  • joyce

    I loved what i have read and would love to read the whole book, it sounds so good, hope I wind the book, since i only get to read books that have been passed down from 2 of my friends. I am on disability and can not afford to buy the books, so I am praying i win. Thank you for the oppurtunity, God bless

  • Aleena Khan

    I would like to read this book! Seems fascinating.

  • Melgie

    I love reading book, hopefully I win this one:)

  • Sharon Narkiewicz

    I love to read.

  • Ellen Chase

    I read The Bird Sisters back in June 2011. It was a geart book: told of the love and dedication sisters share. Beautiful story, well written and I can’t wait for the next Novel from Rebecca.

  • Ellen Chase

    I read The Bird Sistes back in June 2011. It was a great book: told of love and dedication sisters share. Beautiful story, well written and I can’t wait for the next novel from Rebecca.

  • Maryann Zmmer

    Sounds like wonderful reading material. Reading stimulates the mind. As a grandmother having spent several nights and many more to come with my grandchildren reading one of several books together, I definately enjoy watching them pick one up on their own and to see they just sit and read for hours. To take them to the library or the book store is a real treat for them as well as myself.

  • Kim

    my maiden name is Bird, I AM A BIRD SISTER!!! I would love to read this!

  • Debbie

    Looks like a great good for my book club

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  • Sarah Rapaport

    Would love to read this book!

  • Sarah Rapaport

    I would love to read this book!

  • Cindy

    Need a new book to read, this one sounds like one I would enjoy:)

  • Peggi Leavitt

    I would love to read this book! I have one sister, that is so wonderful to me.

  • Denise

    I would really love to win this book, it sounds so interesting. Having my older sister as my only sibling, the bond between my sister and I is really strong. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Patti S

    I didn’t want to stop reading! 🙂 I was caught up in the story from the very beginning. Great read.

  • Jen

    I would love to read this book!

  • Monica

    Would love to read this, the reviews sound great.

  • Brenda Naye

    Wej trade books at the beauty shop. Everyone brings in
    a bag when they go and trade with other readers this
    would made a welcome addition – The one rule is you must pass on and not sale at yard sales

  • Steph

    This looks like a good read.

  • Arpi

    Looks like a wonderful book to read. Also, having a sister myself, I am quite intrigued. I would love the read this book!

  • Diane Miller

    Looks like a interesting book.would love to win and read this book

  • Susan

    This sounds like a wonderful story. If I am lucky enough to win a copy, I will read, enjoy and pass it forward to my 85 year old Mom who loves family epics. I think the world is hungry for genuine humanity and I suspect this story will satisfy and fill a gap.

  • Arlene Kloosterman

    The exerpts make it sound like a real page turner! I would love to read it.

  • Stacey

    This sounds like a good book!

  • Mary

    Would love to read this book!

  • Laura Anderson

    I love to read & hope I win!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sue Hamilton

    I would love to read this book. My sister died 2 yrs ago and I still miss her so. We were very close and she was older and like a mom to me, My mom died 9 years ago. I would keep this book forever in her memory.

  • jacki faller

    Sounds very interesting… hope I win.

  • holli

    would love to check out this sounds so good..thank you

  • Tami Stapleton

    sounds like an interesting book, I’d like to win it~

  • Megan Jones

    Can’t wait to read this!

  • Sara

    I would absolutely love the opportunity to read this book and pass it on to my daughter.

  • Debbie

    thanks for offering a book perhaps I can relate to – as I have a sister too!

  • Dorothea Stanley

    It would be nice to read this book as the upcoming holidays bring me and my sister together for planning our dinners and parties.

  • Rachael

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

  • Kristen Campbell

    Looks like a great read! Would love to win….this program is awesome!

  • Anna

    I would really love to read this book and pass it on to MY sisters.

  • heidi

    sounds like a good read!!!

  • Evelyn H

    Sounds like a great read. Thank You.

  • camellia

    Love this book.

  • Renee Evenson

    This sounds like a great book to curl up with this winter.

  • Joanne

    My mom and I love to read so when I’m done, I’m sure she’ll enjoy the book, too…especially because her name is MILLIE. 🙂


    Oooooh This is one I want to read for sure!!!! Sounds liek one to go to the top of our book club’s list!!!

  • Debbie Campbell

    Looks like a relaxing time

  • Laura Kay

    I’ve wanted to read The Bird Sisters since it came out!

  • Jacquelyn

    Looks like something I can relate to that brings up old memories.

  • Ivy Pittman

    Sounds like a good melodic read reminiscent of all of the elements of a good story.

  • Pat

    I to have an orchid child and grandchild, watching them was like watching a flower opening in slow motion. They both have blossomed beautifully. Can’t wait to read this book.


    I love to read and I always have a book in progress. This sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would enjoy reading. I plan on having more time to read as I soon hope to retire!

  • shirley griffin

    I would love to win this book.

  • Kathleen Patterson

    I would love to win this book!! Looks good!

  • Katie

    Looks like a good read!

  • Rosa maria pacheco

    Sounds like a very interesting book, I like to read it.

  • Chingmei Broadus

    Like to try this book. Thanks

  • nikki solie

    can’t wait for my copy!

  • carla carlson

    Families and bonds are forever in our lives, I would love to read this.

  • Shella Eagle

    Would be a perfect book for my winter reading!!! 🙂

  • Gayle Bitker

    I would like to read this and have never won a book before.

  • Iman

    Sounds great!

  • maxine mcneal

    I have several sisters and have even had the misfortune of losing one. This book was an interesting viewpoint on the relationship of sisters, but disappointing in story development. Good, even very good, not great.

  • Donna

    I wanted to enter the contest but when I clicked on that it brought me here…no where does it give me the option to enter your contest.

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