Texas Boots

Novelist Sarah Bird tries on her Texas Writer Award custom boots presented her by the Texas Book Festival at the Capitol on Saturday October 25, 2014. Photo: JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

2015 Alex Award Nominee

Best Books of 2015″, Seattle Times

“Great Book for Book Clubs”, Tucson Book Festival  

*Editor’s Choice, Chicago Tribune

“Hot Read”, Daily Beast

Best Summer Reads“, Marie Claire

*Starred Review, Booklist

*Editor’s Choice: “. . . a big novel . . . finely wrought one with dynamic characters and relationships.” – Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune

“. . . an extraordinary effort of the imagination and a major display of literary talent – an absolutely don’t-miss novel that should become a classic contribution to the fiction of our era.” – Claire Hopley, Washington Times

“Bird is a wise and sensitive writer … a stunning account of wartime Okinawa . . . the moral power of Bird’s argument. . .  might be the most necessary.” – Anthony Marra,  San Francisco Chronicle

“. . .  Bird is the finest living Texas novelist, and Above the East China Sea showcases all of her gifts in spades—her unmistakable voice displays warmth, wit, and that rare variety of irreverence that possesses real heart.” – Robert Leleux, The Texas Observer

Above the East China Sea should be the one that lands Bird among the literary elite.   This is the rare tome that has the goods for both popular and critical acclaim at the highest level.” – Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News

“. . .  hypnotic detail . . . undeniably gripping.  . .  manages its happy ending without offering easy answers—quite a feat for such an entertaining read.” – Amy Gentry, The Austin Chronicle

*“. . .  a multilayered and utterly involving work with plenty of grist for book discussions.” – Starred review, Booklist

“A powerful sense of history and place . . . ambitious and rewarding. . .  fascinating . . . psychological veracity . . .” – Publishers Weekly

“. . .  tour de force of historical imagination. . .  a profoundly moving meditation on war, family, love, and what might be waiting for us on the other side of loss.” – Ben Fountain, 2012 National Critics Circle Award

“A rich and engrossing achievement . . . a suspenseful and magical journey . . . Fans of Amy Tan or Khaled Hosseini will be drawn . . .” – Library Journal