Sarah Bird is the author of seven novels. Her most recent, "How Perfect Is That," a political satire set in high and low Austin society, was published this summer by Knopf.
Sarah grew up in an Air Force family of eight that moved far more frequently than was good for a pathologically shy girl. She studied Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and received a masters in Journalism from the University of Texas.
Before publishing her first novel, Alamo House, Sarah worked as an au pair in France, a botanical garden guide in Spain, a receptionist at a paint and body shop, she has sold Western wear at J.C. Penney's, demonstrated electric scissors at Sears, and flocked Christmas trees.
Among the awards Sarah has received for her work are NY Public Library's Books to Remember, Barnes & Noble's Discover Great Writers; a BookSense Pick; and the Writer's League of Texas Award of Literary Merit. She has been on best book of the year lists from Amazon's Fiction and Literature Editors, the American Library Association, Booklist, UPI, and the Southwest Critics. She has twice won theTexas Institute of Letter's Award for Best Work of Fiction.
Sarah writes the back page column for Texas Monthly Magazine. Her articles and essays have appeared in Oprah's Magazine, NY Times Sunday Magazine, Real Simple, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Salon, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, MS, and Texas Observer. She has written screenplays for Paramount, CBS, Warner Bros, National Geographic, ABC, TNT, Hemdale Studio, and several independent producers.
"Little Big Man," "The Sotweed Factor," "Dog of the South," "Election," "Confederacy of Dunces," "About a Boy," "High Fidelity," "How to Be Good," "Lady Oracle," "Neighbors,"
"How Perfect Is That" was published by Knopf this summer.
From Dallas Morning News Review:
"Sarah Bird gleefully pokes a gigantic, snarky hole in the Texas society bubble with her latest, How Perfect Is That, set in Austin during Dubya's first presidential term.
As How Perfect opens, not-so-sweet heroine Blythe Young is reeling from a nasty divorce from Trey Dix, scion of the privileged, proudly cliquish Pemberton Heights neighborhood.
Ms. Bird's wickedly good grasp of social satire couldn't be finer, and Blythe eventually turns from someone readers will love to hate into someone they'll love, period.
Along the way, the author gets in precise jabs at everyone from the president ("It is as if George W. Bush himself had blessed my mission and promised that everything would turn out fine. What could possibly go wrong?") to our fair state's educational shortcomings ("I recognize Juniper's printing. Product of the Texas public school system, she never learned cursive.")
This is a perfect, curl-up-with-a-margarita splash of summer fun. But beware the sharp edges; Ms. Bird spares virtually no one in her satirical slashing, and you might just find yourself paper-cut."
Kristine Dahl, print, ICM, New York. Josie Freedman, film, ICM, Los Angeles. Cynthia Hughes, speaking, Austin.
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