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My Sisters
by Ann Roth
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Zebra, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Joan Burton

The Lansing sisters are heading home to Shadow Falls. The three young women left in their teen years to escape their controlling mother Susan. Now they are returning for her funeral. Just fifty-one, Susan was the victim of a car crash. The sisters are feeling guilty and remorseful for not making the effort to stay connected over the years. Never a close family, they each went their own way, far from Susan's strict rules and her verbal abuse. Now all the painful memories of the past are returning with the siblings.

Margaret settled in Seattle where she works in a lab as a researcher. Never feeling confident about herself in social situations, she gave up on dating and lives alone. Bruce (her lab partner) is attracted to this intelligent woman but fears rejection. Rose lives in Seattle with her husband Danny. She wants to be a good wife and mother, but their marriage is filled with an unspoken tension after months of trying for a family. Rose is hiding a secret from her past that she fears will end her marriage. Quincy, the youngest, is living in Las Vegas. Single again after two divorces, she works as a cocktail waitress in a nightclub. She feels it is her fault her father walked out on them and seeks approval from the men in her life. She is the rebel, always dressing for attention.

The sisters have agreed to spend one week together, planning the funeral, packing up the house, and putting it up for sale. As the week unfolds, they begin to unravel secrets from their parents' past that help them understand their mother's behavior towards them. What they didn't plan on was confiding in each other the problems each deals with in her own life. Margaret speaks of her loneliness and her lab partner's interest. Rose confesses her buried secret and is encouraged to share it with Danny. Quincy finds an old childhood friend who is interested in her hopes and dreams, not just her body.

Fate has brought them together through tragedy and they find power in sisterhood. My Sisters is the heartwarming story of three young women renewed by love and hope.

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