Counting on Family

Book Review of "Sisters One, Two, Three" by Nancy Star. Ginger's 13th year was as unlucky as the number. Many years after that tragic summer, it seems no one has been able to fix anything broken back then. Furthermore, there's her deteriorating relationship with her daughter Julia, and her mother Glory is no less strange … Continue reading Counting on Family

The lost and what they find

Book Review of "Bottomland by Michelle Hoover. In a story that’s part mystery, part coming of age and part family saga, Michelle Hoover tells the story of Esther and Myrle Hess, two sisters living on their family farm who suddenly disappear. Set America's rural Midwest just after the First World War, the family's German origins … Continue reading The lost and what they find

Twins and Ghosts

Book Review for "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Elspeth and Edwina were identical twins, estranged for many years. When Elspeth dies in London, she leaves her flat to her sister's, nieces - Julia and Veronica - who are also identical twins. However, there is a condition. The two girls must leave the USA and … Continue reading Twins and Ghosts

To the 4th generation

Book Review of "A Reunion of Ghosts" by Judith Claire Mitchell. In the late 1800s, Lenz Alter was a chemist who succeeded in discovering the compound to make fertilizer, winning him a Nobel Prize. After that discovery, the thing that started out to feed the world, morphed into the deadly chemical weapons of two world … Continue reading To the 4th generation

Plowing Through the Family Problems

Book Review of "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" by Marina Lewycka. Nicolai is an 86-year-old immigrant from the Ukraine, living in Peterborough, England, who has been a widower for about two years. The loss of his wife was a blow to him, but he has begun coping. One way is by writing his … Continue reading Plowing Through the Family Problems

That Which Emerges from Her Cocoons

Book Review of "The Behaviour Of Moths" (aka "The Sister") by Poppy Adams. Take two estranged sisters, reunited after 47 years and of course, things aren't going to be comfortable and breezy. Put them in the stately home they grew up in, which is now a dilapidated mansion that one sister has stayed in all … Continue reading That Which Emerges from Her Cocoons

A Dazzling Dozen of Speakeasy Sisters

Book Review for "The Girls of the Kingfisher Club" by Genevieve Valentine.   Every one of the 12 Hamilton sisters have been shuttered away from the world since the day they were born. With no boys as his heir, their father wants to make sure his girls stay unsullied until he can marry them off … Continue reading A Dazzling Dozen of Speakeasy Sisters

Unseen Visions, Hiding in Plain Sight

Book Review of "The Moon Sisters" by Therese Walsh Beth Moon is gone, and it may have been suicide. Her two daughters, Jazz and Olivia, are in as much disagreement with how to handle it as are their personalities. Jazz wants to put it all behind her and begin a real-life job. Olivia wants to … Continue reading Unseen Visions, Hiding in Plain Sight

A Novel of Art, Birds and Mysteries

Book review of "The Gravity of Birds" by Tracey Guzeman. This book follows two paths. First we have the story of Alice and Natalie Kessler - sisters who were once lovingly close and now forcibly remain together, still bonded by mutual bitterness. Part of that bitterness comes from Alice's Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Natalie's need to … Continue reading A Novel of Art, Birds and Mysteries