In 1849, twin sisters fleeing Ireland’s famine arrive at New York’s seaport. Only one — Nora-is allowed to get on the boat to South Carolina to fulfill her work contract. On her master’s vast rice plantation, an enslaved worker — Pearl — befriends her. After one of them commits a crime, the girls flee to Charleston, a dangerous place for runaways. Nora frantically seeks to get back to her twin and Pearl tries to find her mother before heading north. Meanwhile, an old enemy’s illegal transatlantic scheme is about to derail the girls’ plans.
Lindy Keane Carter is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After writing non-fiction for 30 years, she signed up for a fiction-writing class at a community college in Maryland. Her short stories won awards in 2003 and 2009 in the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fiction Project contest. The Rice Birds is her third published novel.