Jun 21, 2014

Two Sisters by Mary Hogan

Mary Hogan’s powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters—opposites in every way—plus their mother and the secrets and lies that define them all.
One family, two sisters, a lifetime of secrets . . .
The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been an outsider. Short, dark-haired and round, she worships her beautiful blonde sister, Pia, and envies the close bond she shares with their mother, Lidia. Growing up in their shadow, Muriel believes that if she keeps all their secrets—and she knows plenty, outsiders always do—they will love her, too.
But that was a long time ago. Now an adult, Muriel has accepted the disappointments in her life. With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, she never will measure up to Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. Muriel would like nothing better than to avoid her judgmental family altogether. One thing she does quite well.
Until the day Pia shows up to visit and share devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell—a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways.

Pia has always been the perfect sister. Muriel can't compete with the older, beautiful and slim Pia. Muriel's father has his son and her mother only worships her eldest daughter, where does that leave her? After a difficult childhood Muriel has become a shy and solitary adult. She can't shake the feeling that she isn't good enough, because that is the message her family has been broadcasting ever since she was born. The only thing she thinks she's good at is keeping other people's secrets and her mother and sister have plenty of them. Muriel doesn't like to spend time with her family, she wants to avoid them as much as possible. She manages to do exactly that until Pia tells her sister her devastating news. It's time for Muriel to take a good look at her past.
Two Sisters is a sad tale of two sisters and their mother, whose choices have formed their personalities. I liked Muriel, she's insecure and sometimes she needs a lot of encouragement before she acts, but she is sweet, generous and kind. Pia is not what she appears to be, a perfect, rich and beautiful mother who hasn't got a care in the world. She's made some incredibly stupid choices and those made her realistic instead of just another woman who has it all. I shed quite a few tears while reading this book. The story is beautiful, very well written and moving. It's much more profound than I initially expected it would be.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the heartfelt review, Lav. You really captured it!


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