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Sisters

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,050 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Lily Tuck's critically-lauded, bestselling I Married You for Happiness was hailed by the Boston Globe as -an artfully crafted still life of one couple's marriage.- In her singular new novel Sisters, Tuck gives a very different portrait of marital life, exposing the intricacies and scandals of a new marriage sprung from betrayal.

Tuck's unnamed narrator lives with her new
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Hardcover, 156 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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Diane S ☔
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Prose that is simple, exact and elegant. An inside look at a second marriage, and a wife that tries to fit herself into the shape left by the divorced wife. One of the quickest books I have read lately as these are snippets, snapshots, of different observations. The second wife is our narrator, and it is from her we find out about the husband, herself, she has a remarkable memory for places and things. The children from the first marriage, their conversations. When she talks about the first ...more
Linda
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, novella
Sabotage is like the fiendish thief in the night.

And, at times, we are the very ones who leave the door unlocked, inviting him in.

Lily Tuck creates a little treasure box of only 156 pages. But you and I will palm the tiny gems contained within for their eye-catching glow that speaks to us in its brevity. There's a trove of delicate threads that wind their way to the conclusion.

Our narrator remains unnamed throughout this story. But that appears to be the actual depth of the draw here. Tuck
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PattyMacDotComma
5★
First and second wives are like sisters.
Christopher Nicholson (Winter)

[Quotation before the title page]

What a delightful surprise! I dont remember what prompted me to read this small book, but if Id listened to it instead of reading it, it would have been like sitting next to an interesting fellow traveller telling me about her life. (I dont mean the dreaded boring, smelly guy who spills over onto my armrest and chair.)

I've heard it said that a couple who have children together remain related
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Victoria
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kind of weird, but kind of wonderful too.

This author packs so much in a scant 156 pages, I read it in under an hour. Why do I mention this? Because its not a lot of time to invest in a completely different reading experience and for those of us who like to shake it up every now and then, I would recommend this highly stylized and sensual novel.

Its kind of masterful.
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Lorilin
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Our unnamed narrator is unsure of her footing in her marriage. She constantly feels like she's walking in the shadow of her husband's ex-wife---never good enough, exciting enough, motherly or wifely enough. The book is presented as a series of short vignettes, almost like diary entries, and in each chapter the narrator shares various moments that inevitably made her feel insecure:  her stepdaughter's wedding, an argument with her husband, a chance encounter with her husband's ex, etc. The ...more
Jill
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
First and second wives are like sisters. And isnt that often the case! Fortunately my husband had an amicable and transparent divorce, but I distinctly remember past relationships and the obsessions Ive felt with the past Mrs. So-and-So.

With Sisters, Lily Tuck aptly and skillfully captures this obsession. Her unnamed narrator spends ample time fantasizing about the first wifewhat she was like, her habits and passions and how the twof them measure up o up. Not unlike Daphne Du Mauriers unnamed
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M. Sarki
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-wonders
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The remarkable flow of this fascinating short novel is mesmerizing. A difficult proposition if forced to put it down, and rare in the book-reading business. A writer who knows words and what they do, who thinks about the many questions posed in life, and one who examines them with courage and relentless charm. Lily Tuck is a great choice to spend extended time with.

I first heard of Lily Tuck in a fiction-writing class Gordon Lish was conducting during the
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Eric Anderson
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its curious to think about the strange bond that we share with our romantic partners exes. Nobody else knows our partner so intimately in their habits, strengths, faults, secrets and sexual proclivities. Yet these exes typically remain people entirely unknown to us in reality (unless our partners happen to still see them frequently). So its fascinating how Lily Tuck writes about this unique bond in her new novel Sisters where the unnamed narrator describes her preoccupation with her husbands ...more
Judy
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is somewhat confusing to me. It seemed to flit from one subject to another in random thoughts, although I did like the writing. Some of the descriptions of music or art are beautifully written. This is a very short book about a second wife and her insecurities - always comparing herself to the first wife and seeming to fall short. This is most liking true of most second wives, especially when there are children involved as there are here. The ending is truly an end - I'm also sure this ...more
Anne
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not get this book at all. It is a piffle, a nothing, and not stylistically impressive. I would complain that it was a waste of time, but it wasn't even that. I blew through it in no time at all. It didn't even leave me enough to complain about! Damn. I did not like this book.
Cathy
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had no interest in reading a book about domestic strife, as I usually find that topic a bit unsettling. However, this novel has received some great reviews, and I've heard nothing but good things about Lily Tuck. So I picked it up in the bookstore, sat down with it, and was still sitting there an hour later, halfway through the book. Any author that can make me do that deserves my hard-earned money. So I finished this book almost immediately after purchase. (I bought a sandwich and finished ...more
Joseph
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It barely took me an hour to read "Sisters", Lily Tuck's latest novel (novella? short story?). Written in brief paragraphs, smoothly flowing in an almost stream-of-consciousness style, it makes for an entertaining and deceptively easy read. In reality, in this book there is so much that is subtly suggested and cunningly implied, that it packs in its few pages the effect of a novel thrice its length.

The unnamed narrator's marriage is haunted by the presence of her new husband's first wife -
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Erin Glover
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
We never learn either the ex-wife or the new wifes name, but somehow, in just a few pages, we understand these women intimately. The new wife is obsessed with the ex, beginning with a photograph of her pushing an old black pram and walking a black and white terrier while she was still married to her husband and they lived in France. When the new wife has insomnia, she counts the number of times she, the ex-wife, and her husband made love. The new wife is so obsessed, she begins shopping in the ...more
Text Publishing
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tucks latest work is understated, seemingly simplistic, but full of innuendo, of the complexities of human relationships.
Otago Daily Times

It took me a mere ninety minutes to read Lily Tucks Sisters which might lead you to think its a slight, inconsequential piece of fiction, but thats far from the case. A sharp psychological study of obsession with a neat sting in its tail, its completely riveting.
A Life in Books

Weaving together a multitude of literary references, delicate symbolism and inner
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Jessica Woodbury
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
A one-sitting read (honestly you could read it two or three times in one sitting, it's that short) about insecurity in a 2nd marriage. Because it's more like a short story than a novel you'll be better off approaching it that way, but you'll still be wanting more because what there is is effective and interesting, particularly since this kind of book often has very little happen and in this one quite a lot ends up happening rather suddenly.
Stacy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is very different. It's extremely short and doesn't have a lot of content. However, I found myself immediately thinking outside of the book and filling in details about the relationships. It was mildly entertaining.

So I'm still thinking about this book and I realize that I liked it a lot. 4 stars. haha
Bonnye Reed
GNab I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Lily Tuck and Atlantic Monthly Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your work with me.

I had not 'found' Lily Tuck prior to reading this short novel. I love finding a great writer with backstories to keep me going until their next hits the stands. Sisters is an excellent tale, very witty in places and sad in others, about the obsession of the 'other woman' wife number two about wife number one. We
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Renita D'Silva
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A nuanced glimpse into the world of a second wife obsessed by the first.
Ann
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
A very short, rather endearing novel, that may not be long remembered. Involves the wife in a second marriage. Overall, I enjoyed.
Christina
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a deceptively low score on Goodreads. Please don't let that scare you away. To read the rest of this review Click Here.
Kayo
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very fast and entertaining book. There seemed to be not much of a plot so you couldn't tell what was really happening. I really liked it tho. Surely kept you guessing!
Thank you to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for letting me read this book!
While I got it for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Sofia
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Good short - I enjoyed it, in fact I kept returning to it amongst my chores until I abandoned them and sat with it till I finished.

Whilst reading I had some doubt about the title, if it is appropriate? But when I finished I thought yes, it fits, it more than fits, Tuck made it fit beautifully.

They were sisters, at least according to the narrator's perspective, in fact they had a lot in common according to that perspective of course. I like how Tuck uncovered our protagonist layer by layer even
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Peebee
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a very short book -- a novella I guess -- that admittedly packs a lot into a very short amount of space. Wife #2 is obsessed with wife #1 after meeting husband while he was still married to wife #1. Nobody gets names in this novel: the anonymous narrator calls wife #1 "she." I wasn't fond of the not-quite-out-of-left-field ending, or our narrator, but why I really didn't enjoy this book very much was that I felt it tried much too hard to be literary and sophisticated, with all these ...more
Chaitra
I wanted something short to make myself feel like I was accomplishing something while doing some boring household stuff, and this book was perfect. It's not earth-shattering, it is about a weird relationship between the first and the second wife of an unnamed person. The second wife is obsessed, understandably, by the shadow the first wife continues to cast over her family. Things happen. It's a very slim novel, but concise.

Gabra Zackman does a great job of narrating.
Heather Fineisen
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a Lily Tuck fan and Sisters does not disappoint. Tuck captures the awkwardness of being the second wife through literary and musical references. A read between the lines story, I enjoyed this slim novel immensely.

Copy provided by NetGalley
Laura
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, fiction
What I loved about this book:

The prose was lovely. The story unfolds in short, vignette-like momentssometimes only a sentence, sometimes a few paragraphs. It jumps around in time in a way that was never confusing, but mirrored perfectly how a persons mind moves about through the course of a day. The main characters musings and mediations were both beautifully written and insightful. There was a lovely balance between moments of introspection and analysis and moments that played out in scene,
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Dan
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I think of Lily Tuck's Sisters as a slip of a novel: just over one hundred and fifty pages, individual chapters ranging from single sentences to just over two pages, with plenty of white space on many pages. Sisters starts with promise: economically structured, and written with admirable discipline and straight-forward prose. Just the novel for a reader overwhelmed, hopefully temporarily, by novels shot-through with abstruse references and sentences so involved that the reader has to search, ...more
Zulfiya
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just "meh". Will possibly not remember this book when the year is over. It seems like the author can write well, but this book was not an example of it.
It is just vapid, nothing to write home about. I can see the author was trying to write it as diary entries, and I can see the structure, but the structure alone did not impress me.
As for emotions and characters, the book is about the group of two-dimensional characters, and no one was interesting, appealing, or was vivid enough to image. I did
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Diane
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books-read
"First and second wives are like sisters. - Christopher Nicholson (Winter)" This was a quick read, unusually written, narrated in the voice of the unnamed second wife. The setting is present day New York, although it seems it might easily have taken place years ago. The reader learns about the thoughts and conversations of the narrator through various brief exchanges with her two teenage step-children who live with the couple. She is insecure, jealous and lonely, constantly obsessing about how ...more
Laura Lacey
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It's impossible not to read this book in one sitting. It's perfect for an autumnal weekend afternoon. Tuck throws us into the mind of a second wife as she obsesses over the woman who used to have her name - her new husband's ex-wife. It's a dark and twisty place that you by turns find yourself empathising with and unnerved by.
Tuck writes beautifully, jammed with subtle literary references that reveal more than the protagonist would like to reveal. The ending really knocks you for six.
3.5 stars
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Lily Tuck is an American novelist and short story writer whose novel The News from Paraguay won the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction. Her novel Siam was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She has published four other novels, a collection of short stories, and a biography of Italian novelist Elsa Morante (see "Works" below).
An American citizen born in Paris, Tuck now divides
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