When it was first released in 2018, the Austin Chronicle called Sarah Bird’s novel of historical fiction, “thrilling” and “jam-packed with wit, action, adventure, and a moving and tender love story.”
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen follows the compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
Bird is a local author who is famous for her wit and personality. Exhibit A: The time she humorously recounted being disinvited to speak at the Texas Legislature. You’ve likely seen a copy of her beloved A Love Letter to Texas Women on a coffee table or twelve around town, as it’s been the go-to gift for literary Texans, hostesses, brides, teachers, bosses, best friends, and just about any one else for years now.
Her previous novel, Above the East China Sea, was long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award; was an ALEX Award nominee; winner of the Texas Philosophical Society Literary Award; a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice; a Seattle Times Best Book of the Year; a Tucson Book Festival Great Books for Book Club selection; and a Marie Claire Best Summer Reads.
Bird was a B&N’s Discover Great Writers selection; a New York Public Libraries Books to Remember; a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship honoree; a two-time winner of the TIL’s Best Fiction award; and an Austin Libraries Illumine Award for Excellence in Fiction winner. She was voted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame has been awarded the Texas Writer of the Year by the Texas Book Festival. In 2017, she won The Austin Chronicle’s Best Fiction Writer award for the sixth time and received the Texas Institute of Letters Lifetime Achievement Award.