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The Sister by Poppy Adams
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Sep 12, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery-crime-fiction, drama
Recommended for: book discussion groups
Read in September, 2008

Seventy year old Ginny lives alone in an expansive, crumbling country house that has been in her family for generations. One day her younger sister, Vivien, who had left the house almost 50 years ago and never returned, decides to move home with Ginny. This upsets Ginny's routine and calls to her mind memories of the past, in which we learn dark family secrets that tore the family apart. Ginny happens to be a lepidopterist - a moth collector - a "trade" she learned from her father and much of her story is filled with the science of observing, collecting and preserving caterpillars and moths. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the symbolic comparison and contrasts of the insects and the family members. Additionally, Ginny's voice and descriptions seem to indicate some sort of mental disability, perhaps autistic tendencies, which gives the book a unique perspective. Although somewhat slow in places where the science of lepidoptery is described, this book becomes a real page turner at the end.
This would make a great book discussion club choice.

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