Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Sisters

Title:  The Sisters
Author:  Nancy Jensen
Publication Information:  St. Martin's Press. 2011. 324 pages.

Book Source:  I picked up this book while browsing the new book section at our library.

Favorite Quote:  "Whatever we carry inside us shapes everyone we touch."

The Sisters follows the story of the women of a family over many generations. It all starts with sisters Mabel and Bertie. Mabel is the older; Bertie, the younger.

The story starts as they are teenagers. Their mother has passed away, and they live with their stepfather. A misunderstanding separates the two sisters. From there, the book follows the descendants of both Mabel and Bertie through many generations.

Overall, I was disappointed in the book. I expected to read the story of Mabel and Bertie and their relationship. However, what I got was similar to reading a set of short stories that explored the lives of women and the relationship between mothers and daughters and between sisters.

Although the book was tied together following the family lines of Mabel and Bertie, you could have almost read each character's story separately. This approach meant that characters and the story were not developed in depth. It made it difficult to feel an emotional connection to the characters or book because before long, the story was moving on to a different character. The book would have been stronger if it had focused in on a few of those stories - depth as opposed to breadth.

The book was not quite what I expected. However, if I look at it as a collection of short stories, it was a quick summer beach read.

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