Set on the island of Okinawa today and during World War II, this deeply moving and evocative novel tells the entwined stories of two teenage girls - an American and an Okinawan - whose lives are connected across 70 years by the shared experience of both profound loss and renewal. And as these two stories unfold and intertwine, we see how war and American occupation have shaped and reshaped the lives of Okinawans.
"Perfect Blend of Past and Present, Them vs. Us"
Sarah Bird is acclaimed for her multi-layered novels that are at once hilarious and moving. Here Bird examines “the ever-deepening mysteries of parents and children as they grow up and apart” (Publishers Weekly). Working single-mother Cam Lightsey is proud to give her daughter Aubrey a chance at a good education. But when Aubrey turns her attention away from college and toward a boy at school, their once solid mother-daughter relationship quickly begins to crumble.
The sorority sisters of Alamo House at the University of Texas may be at comic odds with each other, but at least they have one thing in common: they all hate the fraternity rats across the street, the Sigma Upsilon Kappas, aka the SUKs. But amid the collegiate turmoil, Alamo House is also the scene of an extraordinary, endearing friendship among three women.
Sarah Bird authors brilliant, introspective novels of bittersweet reminiscence tempered with humor. The Yokota Officers Club is a tale both courageous and touching--a journey of the heart that speaks volumes of the transient, isolated lifestyle of military families. Having grown up at the Yokota Air Base in Japan, and having moved six times in the last eight years, Bernadette "Bernie" Root and her five siblings are quintessential military brats.
"Good story ok narration"
Rae's life falls apart when her father dies of cancer and her mother joins a religious cult. The only person who understands Rae is local bad girl Didi, who is experiencing a similar loss. Both girls fall in love with handsome flamenco guitarist Tomás Montenegro, whose aunt teaches at the university's flamenco academy. Rae and Didi take the class and become obsessed with the dance.
Sarah Bird's acclaimed novels include The Yokota Officers Club. In How Perfect Is That? Blythe Young is stumbling down Texas' social ladder after some dubious moral choices. Bankruptcy is only the beginning. Soon, Blythe must face the facts and make amends with the world. But first she'll have to fix her nails.
"Not worth a credit"
Virgin of the Rodeo takes listeners on a riotous journey across the wide open spaces of Texas with a truly unique character named Sonja Getz. Sonja is seen as a curiosity in the minuscule Texas town of Dorfburg. Twenty-nine years-old, and big-boned, she is purported to be the daughter of a famous Native American trick-roper. Her mother, Tinka, a transplanted German who despises Americans, has never understood book-crazed, dark-skinned Sonja.
"Slow starts gets more interesting"