Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review: The Sisters by Nancy Jensen

Last weeks read was a book that had been collecting dust on my shelf, so I decided to pick it up and give it a shot. Here is my view:

A book about three generations of sisters spanning from 1927 until present day; filled with emotional turmoil from a life changing misunderstanding. A story of judgement, hate, and longing.
Two young ladies scorned by the loss of their mother and stuck with their abusive stepfather. Bertie, the youngest, avoids his drunken rage while Mabel, the oldest, keeps peace while being used for her body. Bertie's graduation day, she comes home and finds Jim Butcher had killed himself with a note that her beau, Wallace, and Mabel had run off together, leaving her behind, which was a misunderstanding. Mabel and Wallace had planned for her to be there all along, but a missed connection kept her from ever knowing the truth and kept her bitter till death. Bertie left town and married Hans, having two children named Alma and Rainey. All the while, keeping Mabel a secret from her family. Alma marries up, to a doctor and they have a son that is just like his father. Rainey gets pregnant by a hidden homosexual and does everything in her power to keep her away from him, which only works for so long. Her second daughter's father doesn't even know she exists. Her daughter's take two separate paths; one is a judge while the other makes armor and jewelry. Meanwhile, Mabel had gotten a job as a photographer in Chicago. Her adoptive daughter, Daisy, who she stole from her abusive father, adored Mabel and knew of her struggle with Bertie. These families plagued with a past misunderstanding have a past that's hidden and a future that is unknown.
Jensen writes methodically by pointing out each person's point of view over the years and showing glimpses of how each person is affected by the other. It's a strong suit in some aspects, but in others it isn't. The book isn't very long, so doing that helps it go by smoother with skipping a lot of detail and lightly covering it in each chapter. At the same time, that requires a bit of imagination because bits and pieces are left out and things aren't fully explained. Overall it is a great read and really opens your eyes to what simple misunderstandings can do.