Thanks TLC Tours for a review copy of this book.
Secrets. Does your family have any? I’m not talking about what your brother bought Mom for Christmas. I’m talking about long-held, serious secrets. That’s the type the Tangle family has in Sisters One, Two, Three.
The book, set mostly in 1970s Martha’s Vineyard, was really well-written, although not in a literary-type way where sentences would make me stop with their beauty. Rather, the writing simply flowed. I was never taken out of the flow by an odd phrase or something that author Nancy Star wrote that seemed “off.” There are many characters in the book, and they were interesting and well-developed for the most part. You’ll certainly never forget Glory, the mom — a woman full of sass and attitude, telling her kids to “save your crying for when you’re alone in your room with the door closed and the shades down.”
I most sympathized with oldest daughter Ginger, given a lot of responsibility and facing hardships that mostly didn’t seem to be her fault: “her empathy and concern turned out to have the unfortunate consequence of driving people away.” Contrast this to middle sister Mimi. “Because life had been kinder to Mimi, she still had the luxury of believing there *was* a right thing to do.” Ginger “did not like to travel over water and she did not want to step down on the sandy shore on the other side. But, of course, she got on anyway because that’s what was called for and Ginger always did what was called for.”
The Tangle family was dysfunctional for sure, but really — in some way or another — aren’t most families? I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and reading about their various quirks and foibles — for instance, how different family members remembered events differently. It amazes me how a single incident can be perceived so differently based on who’s doing the perceiving! The book’s chapters alternated between when the girls were growing up, and the present day. Sometimes that set-up doesn’t really work for me, but in this book, it did.
If you enjoy family struggles, drama, and and a good story, I recommend that you give Sisters One, Two, Three a look.
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