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First published: 2006

Publisher: Knopf

Length: 400 pages

The Flamenco Academy

Captures the staccato passion of flamenco in a rapturous love triangle.

A superbly alive novel about best friends—shy Cyndi Rae and wild girl Didi—who become caught up in the fevered excitement of New Mexico’s explosive flamenco scene and then in a volatile triangle with star guitarist Tomás. Driven by obsession—Didi’s with stardom, Rae’s with Tomás and Tomás’ with his mysterious heritage—these three emerge as the brightest stars on the New World flamenco scene, while secrets and desires, longings and betrayals pulse just beneath the glittering surface of their compelling performances.

“The stuff bestsellers are made of…funny and beautifully structured to create anticipation and suspense, with lush moments of romance.”


Kirkus (starred review)​


“…opens so boldly that you have to wonder how Bird can sustain such high drama. But she’s mapped her novel’s treacherous terrain and built characters sturdy enough to stand firmly, even when their emotions are spinning out of control.”


New York Times Book Review

Summer’s Hottest Reads, People

Notable Title of 2006, BookPage

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The Flamenco Academy

“Fate and passion are fully translated in Bird’s mesmerizing tale.”

National Public Radio

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