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Sister Mine by Tawni O'Dell
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Sep 30, 08

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Read in September, 2008

Shae-Lynn is a survivor, through and through. Growing up motherless and with an abusive father, she learned early on how to care for herself and her younger sister, Shannon. When Shannon returns home after an 18-yr absence, pregnant and looking for help, Shae-Lynn is ready to do whatever she can for her family. Things spiral out of control pretty fast, though, and Shae-Lynn starts to wonder if she ever really knew her sister at all.

Mostly, I really enjoyed the thematic structure of the book. I know, I sound like a book-snob for saying that, but it's true. The character relationships were strong and echoed perfectly the inner workings of the coal mining profession of Shae-Lynn's home town. I thought it had some great things to say about motherhood, sisterhood, and surviving a difficult life--whether it be a bad childhood, a loveless relationship, or being trapped in a coal mine diasaster.

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