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The Sisters by Nancy Jensen
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Dec 31, 2011

really liked it

This story of two sisters who grew up in a poor rural town of Kentucky began in 1928 and ended in 2007. Mabel & Bertie were close after their mother died in childbirth. Mabel makes some decisions to protect Bertie from suffering the same abuse from their stepfather that she has endured. Unfortunately, the decisions Mable makes snowball and lead to confusion and estrangement. Some stubborness on Bertie's part feeds into the estrangement.The story then follows Mabel & Bertie's separate lives through the years. Much of their lives are afected by the bitterness and estrangement. The book follows their daughters and grand-daughters as they also make life changing decisions. All through the book, I had hope of a reconciliation or at least a meeting to air grievances. There is some hope that one of the offspring will discover the hidden family secrets and piece the family back together. It was a hard book to put down (or maybe I just had a lazy day). If you are looking for a happy book, this would not be what you are looking for.
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