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The Sisters by Nancy Jensen
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Apr 03, 2012

it was ok
Read in April, 2012

Halfway through, I found myself counting the remaining pages & debating whether or not to finish.

Ms. Jensen has won awards for her short stories, and the chapters of this novel have the feel of a short story. Each chapter is linked, to an extent, but the book doesn't have the feel of a novel.

Sadly, most of the male characters are cartoons of bad boys, while each of the females is grappling with her personal piece of the dysfunction pie, giving the book a soap-opera quality. Everyone is miserable, everyone is unhappy, not unlike a negative stereotype of literary fiction.

The prose is well-crafted, but the plot and the characters ring hollow. In spite of a strong start, the finish didn't hold my attention and it became difficult to care about the offspring of the title's two sisters and their laundry list of problems.
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