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A Quiet Storm

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In this vividly written, suspense-driven novel, the secrets shared between two sisters erupt in tragedy.

Rikki Moore was always the star of the family, easily outshining her younger sister, Stacy, at every turn. Smart, kind, and beautiful, it was no surprise when Rikki met and married the perfect man -- pediatrician Matt Dresden. Her students at 59th Street Elementary Sch

Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 10th 2002 by Touchstone (first published September 1st 2002)
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This was a hard book to find but well worth it. It's about two sisters growing up together in California, one seems to have more of a difficult time than the other in some ways but not in others. It eventually becomes painfully clear that one of them has a mental illness. Maybe the end is a bit over the top but the lifelong love and struggles these two sisters share is heartfelt. I have a friend who volunteers with NAMI (shout out to Wendy!) and she always says how misunderstood and in the close...more
This is the story of two African American sisters Arika and Anastacia, and Rikki's life as a manic depressive.
We see how crazy that Rikki gets and how their mother refuses to help. We see the toll that being Rikki's guardian takes on Stacy's life and the turmoil it creates.
I feel that this could have been summed up in a hundred less pages or so. It was just more and more of the same, how messed up and vulnerable Rikki was, and how sad it was for Stacy, whose life would fall apart just as she wa...more
It may not be a literary classic, but this book is one of my all time favorite books. I love how she addresses mental illness with such clarity and familiarity. It was almost as reminiscent as dealing with mental illness in our family. The author's detailed account of the time period's pop culture was surreal; I felt as if I was transported back to the day and time when I was a teenager. I loved this book.
This wasn't too bad at all. Takes you inside the world of those affected by mental illness. It was indeed a page-turner and an enjoyable read. Was fascinating watching the deterioration of one of the main characters. Mental illness does not discriminate. Also, I was raised Seventh-Day Adventist so it was kinda cool reading a book with that backdrop for a change.
Couldn't decide whether to rate this book 3 or 4. An excellent first novel for this author. Very believable characters, a quick read, a story with an end that's not all wrapped up in a pretty bow.
This is between a 3 and a 4. Well written account of mental illness and its effect on a family (primarily the younger sister). I found it too depressing a book for summer reading!
Sandy Neal
Well written but hard to read. Very depressing. Just like the life of a sister who feels responsible for a manic depressed older sister. Worth reading.
Quick, engaging read. Sometimes, though, I wanted the main character to be more forceful and not so passive. Amazing depth about mental illness.
Quick, touching and interesting story about the effects of mental illness on family... so sad...
Not bad, a quick read. Interesting story about mental illness.
Lady Krystal
This book was crazy, good, but still crazy.
Lauren Q
Loved It! Quick read and very suspenseful.
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Rachel Howzell Hall is the author of No One Knows You're Here, The View from Here and A Quiet Storm. Land of Shadows, the first of her new series, will be published by Forge in May/June 2014. She is also the Foundation and Corporate Grants Manager of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
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