The Sisters

The Sisters

Book - 2011
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In the tradition of Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping and Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, a dazzling debut novel about the family bonds that remain even when they seem irretrievably torn apart

Growing up in hardscrabble Kentucky in the 1920s, with their mother dead and their stepfather an ever-present threat, Bertie Fischer and her older sister Mabel have no one but each other--with perhaps a sweetheart for Bertie waiting in the wings. But on the day that Bertie receives her eighth-grade diploma, good intentions go terribly wrong. A choice made in desperate haste sets off a chain of misunderstandings that will divide the sisters and reverberate through three generations of women.

What happens when nothing turns out as you planned? From the Depression through World War II and Vietnam, and smaller events both tragic and joyful, Bertie and Mabel forge unexpected identities that are shaped by unspeakable secrets. As the sisters have daughters and granddaughters of their own, they discover that both love and betrayal are even more complicated than they seem.

Gorgeously written, with extraordinary insight and emotional truth, Nancy Jensen's powerful debut novel illuminates the far-reaching power of family and family secrets.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312542702
Characteristics: viii, 324 p. : geneal. table ; 25 cm.


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Nov 24, 2015

Haven't read this author before, but really enjoyed this story, so will definitely look out for more by her.

Jul 21, 2013

How lucky to stumble upon this book!

sablegirl Jul 28, 2012

I enjoyed this book but thought there was a little too much sadness for all these sisters. I was hoping for more of an uplifting story but did enjoy this one.

debwalker Dec 13, 2011

Shelf Awareness: a family saga that begins in Kentucky in the 1920s - an Indie Next Great Reads pick for December 2011.


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