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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,059 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Ten years ago, Nicole Hunter left her troubled home behind her, unable to cope with the demands of a life with her disabled sister, Jenny. Though her search for happiness—both in career and in love—has fallen short of her dreams, Nicole pretends that all is well. Then a shattering event turns her world upside down, and suddenly, she is back in her homet ...more
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Published July 31st 2012 by Washington Square Press (first published September 3rd 2002)
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Judy Collins
Language of Sisters was incredible! I read the e-book on a flight in two days and hated when the flight attendant instructed to close the electronics, as could not wait to dive back in on next flight connection.

Having read all of Amy Hatvany’s books, each 5-Star+ quality. I love her style of writing; she is not afraid to tackle controversial and social issues

A story of two sisters and their incredible bond and love connection. Amy has great insight into RS (and other disabilities), as at the e
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Maria João
Adorei este livrinho, e não estava nada à espera, pois outro que tinha lido da mesma autora ficou muito aquém das expectativas, mas este, surpreendeu-me. E é tão bom sermos assim surpreendidas.

Para começar o tema, é um pouco pesado digamos assim e autora conseguiu abordá-lo de uma forma tão simples que deixou de ser um tema tabu.

Depois o desenvolvimento. Quando chegamos a um determinado ponto em que o livro fica ainda mais intenso e depois se descobre que foi tudo um mal entendido.

Enfim, recom
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Kathy
Imagine that you've found the perfect fabric and the perfect pattern, and you set out to make a dress you know you're going to love. You realize that you didn't buy enough fabric, so the unfinished dress gets stuffed back into the darkest reaches of the craft room, where it lies forgotten and unfinished. Now, that's how I felt about this book. The premise is heart-wrenching: a young woman who left home, feeling she failed as a sister, believing horrid truths about her father, returns home to sta ...more
Nancy Baker
Every girl wants a sister, but what if that sister isn't quite what you expected? A severely mentally and physically challenged baby sister wasn't quite on Nicole's list. Little sister, Jenny, required the bulk of her Mom's attention and Dad gets frustrated from his inability to control or correct the situation. When she is old enough Nicole leaves home, moves away and attempts to start a life of her own, void of her mother, father AND sister. But a phone call from her Mom, with whom she hasn't ...more
Amy
Not even halfway through reading "Best Kept Secret" (the first novel I read by Amy Hatvany), I knew I would want to devour all of her books. Was I surprised that I also loved "Outside The Lines?" Absolutely not! I’m sure you see the common thread here and can predict I will say that "The Language of Sisters" is a beautiful and stunning novel.

Ten years ago, Nicole Hunter left her troubled home behind her, unable to cope with the demands of a life with her disabled sister, Jenny. Though her search
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Aimee
This book tackles some very difficult subjects in an emotional look at the lives of two sisters. Most of the story focuses on Nicole who left her home ten years ago to begin a new life. When she learns that her disabled sister, Jenny, was raped she comes home to try help her and to make up for being gone so long. The more time Nicole spends with her mother and sister the more she feels like the new life she had made for herself was not as great as she thought it was. She starts to take a good lo ...more
Kristin
This was probably my favorite book so far by Amy Hatvany. The emotion and reality that was presented was so real that at times I had to just walk away. In every one of her books she creates characters that are so three dimensional and easy to relate to. How many times have we made assumptions of someone and found out you were wrong later, how many times have you wanted to walk away from your life and all of its challenges. This book is relatable, whether you have to deal with a handicapped siste ...more
Beth B
"...Nicole Hunter left her troubled home behind her, unable to cope with the demands of a life with her disabled sister, Jenny. But when a shattering event turns her world upside down, she finds herself back in her hometown, caring for her pregnant sister and trying to heal her embattled relationship with her mother."

A quick read and very touching story. Addresses life in institutions and the difficulty of caring for a handicapped loved one. I also found the decision making process of whether or
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Louise
Simon & Schuster|September 11, 2013 | Trade Paperback|ISBN # 978-1-4516-8813-9
Ten years ago Nicole Hunter left her family home as it was troubled and she was not able to cope with the demands of life with her disabled sister, Jenny. She gave up her therapists practice, moved to a different state, and took a job as a baker. A whole new life.
One day while working in the bakery, she thought she could clearly hear her disabled sister, Jenny say "help!". Nicole thought that odd and wondered if s
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Sandra
Mais um livro maravilhoso desta autora.
Laurel-Rain
Ten years after leaving her disabled sister behind at an institutional care center, Nicole Hunter is stunned by a call from her mother. A devastating rape and subsequent pregnancy have changed everything about her sister Jenny's future.

Returning to Seattle and leaving behind the settled and supposedly stable life with her boyfriend Shane in San Francisco, Nicole must sort out the complicated situation ahead and deal with the guilt that has surrounded her since she "abandoned" her sister.

Has the
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Shannon White
As reviewed in Localiez magazine (by me)

The Language of Sisters is both heartbreaking and uplifting. The novel explores the lives of two sisters, Jenny and Nicole. Jenny is both physically and mentally disabled and was institutionalized years ago when Nicole was a child. Saddled with feelings of guilt for abandoning her sister, Nicole pushes her family out of sight and out of mind by moving across the country and rarely visiting until a disturbing phone call draws her back home. Nicole and her m
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Book Him Danno
I had several thoughts while reading this beautiful little book. It is said you love most those you serve (thus explaining how Mothers seem to love their children through thick and thin), how you don’t know what you have until it is gone, and how family members of the severely disabled usually say the person’s influence in their lives made them who they are today (i.e. they have been blessed by their presence). Amy Hatvany has managed to capture these emotions perfectly in the story of two siste ...more
Lynn
Nicole Hunter is pretty pleased with her life in San Francisco. She has a great boyfriend, who is a well established lawyer, owns a house, whose life is pretty ordered and the way he wants it. Problem is, Nicole, who trained as a therapist, is now baking cupcakes in a restaurant. 10 years ago, she left her home in Seattle, turning her back on her mother and her 15-year-developmentally disabled sister. Now, a call from her mother has brought her back to Seattle, to take over most of Jenny's care. ...more
Charlotte
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The Language of Sisters is a re-release of a book written in 2002, so keep that in mind when reading this book. There are a few small nuances that you might notice that indicate that the book was written a few years ago, but nothing that changes the flow of the book. Nicole's devotion to Jenny is quite admirable. At first I thought she was doing it purely out of guilt (and maybe she was at first) but then I realized that she was taking care of Jenny and Je
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Jessica
I actually read this book in 1 day, which is VERY fast even for me! I just could not put it down. The story follows Nicole Hunter, who lives in San Francisco and doesn't really have a relationship with her family since she moved away over 10 years ago. Her younger sister Jenny is extremely handicapped and has been living in an institution. One day Nicole just feels like something terrible has happened to Jenny and a few minutes later calls her mother who confirms that Jenny was raped and is now ...more
Jael
I loved Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany. If I love one book by an author, I will certainly go back for more. Amy Hatvany succeeds at capturing the emotional and complex relationship between sisters in The Language of Sisters.

Nicole Hunter has what she thinks is a great life. Her career as a therapist wasn't as fulfilling as she thought, instead Nicole is trying to make it as a pastry chef. At home, her boyfriend Shane likes everything neat and organized. He's handsome and has a successful caree
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Vanessa Montês
4,5**

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Mas tirando esse pormenor gostei imenso do livro. Tal como tinha referido, a autora escreve muitíssimo bem e consegue suavizar qualquer assunto, o que no caso dos livros dela é um ponto a seu favor. Além disso a relação entre Nicole e a irmã encontra-se extremamente bem escrita e desenvolvida, conseguindo o leitor compreender a sua separação e como, apesar desta, continuavam a gostar imenso uma da outra. Gostei imenso como a autora descreveu a humanidade de Jenny, a irmã de Nicole. Pod
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Sonal
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Megan
The main character in this story, Nicole, moves back home after 10 years away to take care of her sister, who is developmentally disabled (don't want to spoil anything for you). There are some predictable scenes, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I liked how the author wrote with such emotion, and I loved how real the characters seemed. I thought it was a good look at different types of relationships: mother, daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend. It was also nice to see Nicole address things in ...more
Nickie
stuck with an extremely limited selection of paperbacks at an airport, this is the only one that didn't make me want to gouge my eyes out just from the description. Honestly I didn't think I would like it past the length of the flight, but I couldn't put it down and finished it before I went to bed that evening!
A very pleasant surprise; I would give it 3.5 stars. It wasn't amazing, I did enjoy it, I will definitely be findig some friends to lend it to!
If you like reading about special needs fami
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Shawna
Oct 23, 2007 Shawna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
i love this book. it talks about a women who comes home to take care of her sister. Her sister is in a wheelchair and is retarded. She has been raped. The women deals with her past and her future. She learns how to love her mother again and to love new people. I recommend this book to girls of all agains. The story describes a silent bond between sisters. They speak to each other without words but through their hearts. This book showed me the bond between sisters is an unbreakable one and it wi ...more
Anita Adams
As one of three sisters, I know that sisters do indeed share a language all their own. I have always loved to read about the sister bond of others because my own is so strong. In The Language of Sisters, we first meet Nicole living in San Francisco with a controlling man she thinks is out of her league, giving up her dream of marriage and motherhood, and working in a lower level career than that for which she was trained. Nicole is running and hiding--and has been for over 10 years. Nicole's mot ...more
Sarah
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Debbie
Another really good book by Amy Hatvany. The relationship of two sisters- one being special needs- the people in their lives and the connection they hold. Loved the way the book was written. Felt like you could see inside the characters and you knew their outcomes before they did. Sort of like watching them work through their issues to arrive at the same conclusion. Thought the ending was a tad too neat but gave it 5 stars regardless. Really enjoyed it.
Aubrey
The Language of Sisters is the first book I have read by Amy Hatvany, but after finishing it around 1:00am last night, I know for sure it will not be the last books of hers I read.
After reading a few so-so books lately, and honestly just looking to read a few books to add to my bag of to-be-sold-to-the-used-bookstore, I was expecting that this book would end up in that pile as well. I can say that it most definitely is not.
The Language of Sisters, and it's cast of characters touched my heart.
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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A heartwrenching story about sisters who come from the same home, but are completely different. Nicole is a normal child and her life is very normal until her younger sister is born with disabilities that are never diagnosed. She must live a life where the world revolves around her sister's care. A tragic event takes her back home to confront everything that she ran away from 10 years ago.
Christine
I really loved this book the author did a great job with the sisters in this book. She made the people human and complex and you loved them , it was a very interesting story, something that I am sure has happened before, I loved the sister Nicole, she lived most of her life as a secondary person, Nicole believed something that ruled how she lived her adult life. But in the end, she came full circle, made life decisions, all in all a great read.
Erin Clemence
"The Language of Sisters" tells the tale of one sister who takes on the responsibility of raising her developmentally delayed sister's baby. This book surprised me in all of the best ways. The writing was poetic, genuine and downright magical. The plot was original and heartfelt. We understand the character of Jenny (the sister) as just "Jenny". Since her diagnosis is never revealed in the book, the reader does not have a label to give Jenny, and is forced to see her as a genuine person with nee ...more
Nicole Adamowicz
Depressing at first. Well-written and an interesting story with a rather predictable ending. Editing errors drive me insane, and there are a few in this book.
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