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Sisters One, Two, Three

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  21,527 ratings  ·  1,391 reviews
After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Nancy Star I don't think you missed anything! I think the reason you felt at a distance from Casper is that we only see him through Ginger's eyes and for most of…moreI don't think you missed anything! I think the reason you felt at a distance from Casper is that we only see him through Ginger's eyes and for most of the time we spend with him, Ginger is a young teen. She doesn't really understand him and she doesn't even know why she doesn't like him; it's a feeling she has. She also doesn't fully understand what's going on between Glory and Casper but again, she senses it's not good. Later, as an adult, she wonders whether she misjudged him. And we are then left to wonder about that too.(less)
L8blmr I believe Solly had a flatulence problem!
I believe Solly had a flatulence problem!

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This was the first book that I've read by this author, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. 'Sisters One, Two Three' certainly wasn't my usual type of story. It ended up being "okay", but not particularly interesting or compelling - at least, not for me.

I listed to the Audible version of this book and the narration was fine. However, the characters were unappealing and awkward for me. I just didn't like any of them...and boy, did I try.

The story is told from the POV of Ginger and jum
Elyse  Walters
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nobody talks to each other -Nobody talks about "the accident", "the tragedy" in the
Tangle Family.

Interesting family name, 'Tangle'.
The dictionary definition of the word tangle is.....
to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlace or intertwisted threads, strands, or other parts; snarl.
to involve in something that hampers, obstructs, or overgrown.

And..... that just about sums this story up!!!!!!

The author weaves her storytelling through past and present.
.....Faulty characters....with
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars. I really liked Sisters One, Two and Three until the end, and then it got a bit weird for me. The story is told from Ginger's perspective, and moves back and forth in time between the 1970s and today. Ginger is the oldest of four siblings, and in the 1970s a tragic event redefined her family. As an adult, Ginger struggles with her relationship with her own daughter. The story is very much focused on flawed relationships between mothers and daughters. Ginger's mother Goldie is emotiona ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
This book is about the dysfunctional Tangle family. Glory is married with four children. She is not the most maternal of role models and is emotionally void. She is disappointed with her husband’s career and how her life has turned out in general. One summer while the family is away at Martha’s Vineyard a tragedy occurs altering the family dynamic. They all agree to hide the secret but the omission always lurks in the background and negatively impacts their lives.

The book is narrated by the olde
Cindy Burnett
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I am going to start my review by stating that I do not think I am the target audience for this novel – there are too many dysfunctional people in the story for me. That being said, I enjoyed the first half of the novel and was curious where the story was headed. The unhappy Tangle family takes a trip to Martha’s Vineyard one summer where a horrific accident occurs (I actually had to look up whether this could actually happen and it can sadly). The various family members react differently, but ea ...more
Erin Clemence
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic ARC of this novel.
(4.5 stars rounded up to 5 for GR.)
“Sisters One, Two Three” is a delightful story by novelist Nancy Star. Three sisters, all very different, must come together after the death of their mother; Ginger, the eldest, the overanxious hypochondriac, Mimi, the laissez-faire soccer Mom extraordinaire and Callie, the youngest and the wanderer whom, as of late, has been on one of her famous disappearing acts. The three final
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I love a book with a plot based around secrets, and when it’s a family that has things hidden from each other, I’m even more curious. The Tangle family has skeletons in their closets, and the power of long kept secrets have affected all three sisters in dramatic and very different ways. Told alternately from the 1970’s and present day, all from eldest sister Ginger’s point of view, it’s clear that tragedy will strike when Ginger, Mimi and Call
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ginger and her daughter do not get along. Ginger has always been trying to avoid the worst from happening even though she is not sure what the worst is. Now her darkest secret has come out and her daughter will not forgive her for keeping it from her. With the death of her mother she must face that past and try to make up for all the years she tried to keep the bad things from happening. This is a heartfelt story of how secrets and events can change a person's life. Good read. I would like to th ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Mothers and and daughters, tragic circumstances with sometimes funny and down right weird family dynamics.The Tangle family(gotta love the name) is a mishmash of emotions.
My heart broke for the young daughters of Glory Tangle. Left cruelly alone to deal with the death of their brother, it is no wonder these three woman turned out as they did. But the family bond is a strong one and there is light at the end of the tunnel however dim.
I enjoyed the story and in the end while I could not empathi
Abby Fabiaschi
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me right in the prologue. I loved the layered characters, particularly Ginger as we watched her grow and wrestle with the difference between being right and being kind. This will be my next book club pick.
Todd Hoffman
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother

I couldn't get past the first 50 pages. Went back and reread it to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time around. It just didn't keep my interest.
Emily Cavanagh
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star is a beautifully written family drama about loss, parenthood, and sisters--and it also happens to be a page turner. Shifting between the past and the present, the novel tells the story of the Tangle family and is narrated by Ginger, the oldest of her four siblings. Early in the novel Ginger reluctantly reveals to her teenaged daughter that she is not one of two children in her family, but four. Ginger's brother died when they were children and she has no ide ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not like this Mother at all! I cannot fathom keeping children apart and the reason (?) was beyond stupid! The story started out ok but after the "tragic accident", I just couldn't believe how things were handled. These things completely ruined the book for me.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Ginger cautiously relaxed now that she saw Outside Glory had arrived. That’s how Ginger thought of her mother whenever company was coming. When it was just them, the family home alone, Inside Glory ruled the day. The actual transformation of Inside to Outside was not pleasant to observe. It took about an hour with a makeup kit jammed with so many tools it no longer closed… But Outside Glory was much easier to be around. With plain-faced Inside Glory, there was no telling what mig
Karen KK
I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

From the book description... "After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear." A tragedy so terrible it takes an already disfunctioning family into d
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
via my blog
“But in the Tangle house, order came and went in fits and starts. Chaos was far more reliable.”

The story starts with three sisters and a little brother. This may well be one of the saddest family stories I have read in a long time. Those looking for a light beach read often pick Women’s Fiction assuming it’s going to be happy endings and baked cookies, as if our literature can’t be disturbing, dysfunctional or raw. This novel is all those things,
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another "glad I didn't pay money for it" book because while some parts are worthwhile- like the characterizations and descriptions, the plot is unbelievably insipid. The reveal at the end makes no sense.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I am honored to have been granted the opportunity to read this powerful novel which was on my wishlist. I really loved this book and it touched me very deeply. I highly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading about family relationships and how our experiences as children affect who we are as adults. This story is about the consequences of keeping secrets from those closest to us. It also explores memories. How different siblings in the same family e
Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
This story relates the negative effects of a terrible tragedy on an already dysfunctional family. While reading this story, I mostly felt devastated and sad. There were times I felt frustrated with a particular character and wanted to shake some sense into them. Later in the story, when I thought I knew everything, more truths were revealed. I felt like I'd been reading about an event that actually occurred. It was too real at times; too much to take. I attribute my strong emotions to the author ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
It is amazing how families can really damage each other when their intent is exactly the opposite. This novel looks back on a family accident and the impact that keeping secrets about it had on the family from that day forward. Three sisters slowly help each other to unravel the truth after the death of their mother. What they learn about themselves personally, as well as each other is at times tragic and also healing. This is an easy read and I think some book clubs would enjoy discussing it.
Suze Lavender
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ginger and her teenage daughter Julia aren't getting along. Ginger worries too much and Julia wants a lot of freedom for someone her age. This puts Ginger's marriage under pressure as she and her husband don't always see eye to eye on the situation. Ginger has a lot on her plate. She works as a school nurse, she's looking after her family and she has to take care of her mother, Glory, who keeps losing more of her mind every day. Her mother's illness brings back a lot of memories of Ginger's chil ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much of Sisters One, Two, Three reminded me of books I have read filled with family drama, dysfunctional, selfish mother, ineffective father, and bewildered, watchful children. Secrets must be kept; talk about confusing, painful things is forbidden and appearances are important. But, bewildered children grow into adults and have children of their own. In the attempt to be provide a very different childhood from their own, these adults make new mistakes and repeat some from their childhood.

Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sisters One, Two, Three was a very emotional story for me. The Tangle family may be dysfunctional but that does not mean that they are not fiercely loyal and love each other immensely. This book is also about secrets but it is not a typical mystery novel. This is more of a melodrama. All families have secrets and things that they don't want to talk about and some of these secrets harm the relationships of the members of the family. The author portrays this perfectly. I really enjoyed this novel ...more
Mary (Marbear)
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a awesome book about the dynamics of family life. No family is ever perfect. The book centers around Glory and Solly and their four children. One boy and three girls. One day at the beach will change the family forever. How each person is changed by that day. It's also about the secrets that parents hide from their kids hoping to shield them from pain. After Glory dies, join, Ginger, Mimi, and Callie as they search to find out what happened in the past and where they all belong in the prese ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
The Tangle family is the focus of this book and how a tragedy which occurred decades before continues to affect each of them differently. Family is a complicated group of relationships that can be messy, tragic, loving, funny and even heartbreaking. But it is never dull.

In her latest book, author Nancy Star shows just how complicated these bonds can be, especially when family members are holding on to long-held secrets. Sisters One, Two Three focuses on the relationships between three generatio
Judy D Collins
Nancy Star’s SISTERS ONE, TWO, THREE is an intriguing and emotional mystery drama of dark family secrets.

Raising many questions, from why this family kept these secrets and struggles to when to reveal them. From memories, both true and false and versions of each – meet the Tangle family. The consequences of secrets and how they can harm.

A gripping family saga, a story of three sisters, Ginger, Mimi, and Callie. Moving back and forth in time, we are taken back to a tragic accident on Martha’s
Cindy Roesel
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The Tangle family, two parents and four kids, live in New Jersey, in a modest cape with three bedrooms and a small patch of lawn, dad mows every Saturday. Thirteen year-old, Ginger is the oldest, Mimi is known for her Shirley Temple dimples, 8-year old Charlie is blessed with gorgeous eyelashes and the youngest Callie, has a delightful smile.

Life is pretty simple. Dad, Solly works for an overstock company and matriarch, Glory dreams about how it all would be different, if she’d become a stage st
Christine Nolfi
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deliciously tangled tale of the Tangle family with laugh-out-loud dialogue, an intriguing mystery, and quirky characters you won't soon forget. Highly recommended.
Marji Morris

I really want to give this a 4.75, but Goodreads won't let me. Instead, let me say it was a touching exploration of family and secrets with a not quite stellar beginning. The truth is, I don't know how else Star could have changed the lead, but it still annoyed me. Sorry, Nancy Star, if you're reading this. I promise the rest of the review is positive.

The novel jumps back and forth from the present to a summer in the past that changed the lives of the Tangle family forever. We see the pa
Marissa Crawford
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Amazon Prime reading selection for December.

This book really gets at the heart of family secrets: why we keep them, when we spill them, why we spill them, and the hurt & anger that can result. The story is told in chapters that alternate between present day and the 1970s. We meet Ginger, the eldest child of Solly and Glory. Ginger has three siblings but only one in the present day that she is in touch with. Ginger's home life as a kid is tumultuous and she learns to be extra vigilant about he
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Nancy Star is the bestselling author of Sisters One, Two Three and five other novels including her latest, Rules For Moving, coming this Spring. Star’s novels have been translated into many languages, optioned for television, and chosen as Literary Guild and Mystery Guild Signature Series selections. In addition to her novels, Star’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, ...more

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