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The Alphabet Sisters

A Novel
McInerney, Monica (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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As girls growing up in Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. The unbridled enthusiasm of their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women haven't spoken in years-ever since Bett's fiancé deserted her to marry the younger Carrie. Now Lola is turning eighty and she is determined to reunite the girls for a blowout bash. And no one ever says no to Lola. Bett, who fled to London after the scandal of losing her fiancé, is hesitant to face her sisters and her hometown-especially since she has yet to find another man. Sophisticated Anna, the eldest sister, isn't too keen on the prospect either, though she's secretly grateful for any excuse to leave her crumbling marriage behind in Sydney. And Carrie, who remained in Clare Valley, is perhaps the most apprehensive. Her marriage-the nominal cause of the sisters' estrangement-is also on the rocks. Was she wrong to have followed her heart and run off with Bett's fiancé? When Lola shares her special request, that the girls stage a musical she has written, their short visit becomes a much longer commitment. As they are forced to spend more time together, the sisters must confront the pain that lingers between them. Preconceptions and misunderstandings are slowly put aside and the three find themselves gradually, irresistibly enveloping one another once again-until an unexpected turn of events changes everything in ways none of them could have ever imagined. . . . Layering the lighthearted antics of small-town life with a heartbreaking story of loyalty lost and found, The Alphabet Sisters is an unforgettable story of two generations of women who learn that being true to themselves means being true to one another.
Authors: McInerney, Monica
Title: The alphabet sisters
a novel
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2005
Edition: Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 437 p. : port. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 034547953X
Branch Call Number: FICTION McI
Statement of Responsibility: Monica McInerney
Subject Headings: Sisters Fiction Identity (Psychology) Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Sisters
Identity (Psychology)
LCCN: 2004056631
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Aug 06, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book had a bit of a Maeve Binchey feel to it. Three sisters have not spoken for three years after a terrible row, and now are summoned home by their 80-year-old grandmother - a hoot of a woman - who is trying to get them to mend their canyon of a rift. Told by the three women, the story unfolds and you know that communication needs to happen but no one wants to be the first. Lots of hurt feelings, guilt, love, stubbornness, exasperation, and general sisters being sisters, but we get through all that. The slightly strange thing about this book is that there seem to be two stories one after the other, but still the book was a good summer read.

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