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Like a Sister
by Janice Daugharty (Goodreads Author)
It is 1956, and thirteeen-year-old Sister must raise her three siblings on her own, as her mother, Marnie, has a new boyfriend who isn't interested in kids. Taking charge of her life, Sister befriends a kindly neighbor named Willa, who appears to be everything a mother should be. But when a respected and powerful man in town notices that Sister is blossoming -- ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 21st 2000 by Harper Perennial
(first published 1999)
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This novel was recommended to me by a reader of my blog and I'm so glad I tracked down a copy. It's beautifully written, very simple prose, but with some gorgeous descriptive flourishes. Thirteen year old Sister has been deprived of a proper childhood and clings to the relationships she is familiar with, despite the fact that they are destroying her. It's very truthful; sometimes we love people who don't deserve it. I really felt for Sister and cared about her deeply - for an author to conjure ...more
Don't start this novel unless you are willing to give up hours and hours.. Once you start, you won't be able to put it down until the last word is read.. Then read "pawpaw patch" and "heir to the everlasting." you will be hooked on this author's insights and characters.
Janice Daugharty is artist in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, in Tifton, Georgia. Her latest novel, "Two Shades of Morning," is now available, in ebook and print, at most online and traditional book stores, as well as libraries. This is Daugharty's tenth published novel. She wrote for ten years without publishing a single short story or novel, then finally captured the attention ...moreMore about Janice Daugharty...