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Review by Suze
Ginger and her teenage daughter Julia aren't getting along. Ginger worries too much and Julia wants a lot of freedom for someone her age. This puts Ginger's marriage under pressure as she and her husband don't always see eye to eye on the situation. Ginger has a lot on her plate. She works as a school nurse, she's looking after her family and she has to take care of her mother, Glory, who keeps losing more of her mind every day. Her mother's illness brings back a lot of memories of Ginger's childhood and most of them aren't happy.
Glory always wanted to be the star of the family and she loved making herself look important in front of the neighbors. She toured with an amateur theatre group, but behaved as if she was an important Hollywood actress. Glory had four children, three girls, Ginger, Mimi and Callie, and a boy, Charlie. One summer they went to Martha's Vineyard where the children spent most of their time on the beach. An awful accident tore their family apart.
Ginger and Mimi see each other regularly. Mimi is the only family Ginger has left now that her mother is fading away. They still don't completely understand what happened in the past. Glory has a lot of secrets and there are many things and people her girls are never supposed to mention. Ginger has no idea what exactly happened on Martha's Vineyard, but by slowly discovering the truth she might learn some very important lessons about life and the relationship she has with her own daughter.
Sisters One, Two, Three is a complicated emotional family story which is set in both the past and the present. Glory has kept so many secrets from her daughter that Ginger lives with a big emptiness inside her. She has plenty of unanswered questions while there's nobody who can tell her what she wants to know. My heart ached for the girl she once was and the influence her mother's actions had on the person she became. Glory has a difficult personality. She's vain and seems superficial, but underneath the perfect exterior is a smart woman who always gets what she wants. Nancy Star writes about her in a fascinating way and I was both compelled and repulsed by her actions and the consequences they had.
Sisters One, Two, Three is a story filled with contradictions. Ginger's life is built on an unsteady basis of lies and secrets. While Mimi has become bossy, Ginger constantly worries and stresses. She's sweet with a heart of gold, but she sees doom and gloom wherever she goes. Nancy Star is very skillful at creating the most peculiar personalities and that's what I loved most about Sisters One, Two, Three. It's a moving story, with a lot of tragedy, but at the same time Glory's absurdness gives it a strange unique vibe. The story definitely surprised me and I think it's fantastic.
Sisters One, Two, Three is a great choice for readers who love very complex stories about family relationships and secrets.