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The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
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Jun 18, 11

The last 75 pages or so of this book were very moving. It's a pretty good story overall, but I would have preferred a little different format. The first chapter is set during the time the sisters were elderly. Chapter two was when they were young girls. After that every chapter alternated between these two time frames. I think the book may have had a better flow if each of these time frames lasted longer than one chapter. Until the last 1/3 of the book, it seemed to be missing that little bit of spark that makes a better read. The book is an interesting character study. The father is obsessed with the perfect golf game, to the detriment of his family life. This obsession is a pivotal part of the story. It is obvious that he is desperate to fit in with the more prosperous country club set. The mother, who had a wealthy upbringing, seems a bit shallow and bemoans the fact that she not living the highlife in France. Millie, the older of the two sisters, makes many sacrifices to keep everyone happy. She is a fixer. Twiss, the younger sister, feels unloved by her mother, but idolizes her father. Things really fall apart when the father has an auto accident and goes into a weird sort of depression. Then there is cousin Bett who turns out to be the final blow to the family. Actually, this would make an excellent book group read. There would be lots of analysis of the characters.
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