Saturday, October 11, 2014

Texas Book Festival: Sarah Bird

When Sarah Bird releases a book, it's hard to walk anywhere without tripping over a stack of it (and don't try to sue Barnes & Noble after you trip on it, those bastards will never pay up). Her book releases, to say the least, are always a major event. Go to a park, you see people reading it, flying out of town, trust me you will see at least one person on your flight reading it, late night shopping at the XXX Superstore off I-35...well, you have a good chance of actually seeing Sarah so if you want to get your copy signed....

When I read Above the East China Sea this year, I thought two things. First, it's Sarah's most accomplished, best book. Second, her longtime fans were going to be surprised to find that this is a very serious novel (even more so than The Yokota Officers Club or The Flamenco Academy in my opinion). 

This gorgeous, sweeping novel takes us back and forth from historical and modern day Okinawa told through two main characters in alternating chapters. Tamiko is a 15 year-old schoolgirl fighting to stay alive during the horrific 1945 Battle of Okinawa (and I will confess I had little knowledge of this American assault which had more casualties than Nagasaki and Hiroshima combined). We then move to modern Okinawa with Luz, a military brat who is grieving the loss of her sister who served in Afghanistan. These two beautiful and sad stories weave in and out flawlessly. 

If you haven't yet read a Sarah Bird novel, this is a great place to start.

Come meet Sarah in the House Chamber on Saturday October 25th at 2:30. 
For a full Texas Book Festival Schedule click here

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