Title: The Sisters Club
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Diversion Books
From the Publisher: Four women have little in common other than where they live and the joyous complications of having sisters. Cindy waits for her own life to begin as she sees her sister going in and out of hospitals. Lise has made the boldest move of her life, even as her sister spends every day putting herself at risk to improve the lives of others. Diana is an ocean apart from her sister, but worries that her marriage is the relationship separated by the most distance. Sylvia has lost her twin sister to breast cancer, a disease that runs in the family, and fears that she will die without having ever really lived.
When Diana places an ad in the local newsletter, Cindy, Lise, and Sylvia show up thinking they are joining a book club, but what they discover is something far deeper and more profound than any of them ever imagined.
With wit, charm, and pathos, this mesmerizing tale of sisters, both born and built, enthralls on every page.
The Sisters Club was such a refreshing read for me. It’s rare that I read something that’s not paranormal, romance, or YA. And this was none of the above. Technically, this book probably falls under what’s commonly known as “chick lit” – but I’m just going to call it fiction.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#81DAF5″ class=”” size=””]No matter what goes wrong in life, I thought, the bookstore is always the best place to go. -Diana[/pullquote]This book resonated with me in so many ways. Diana is lonely. She just married and moved to another country. She has no friends and no life outside of her marriage. So she decides to do something about it. She places an advertisement in a bookstore’s newsletter, looking for women to come together and share stories about their lives and what they’re reading.
That’s something I should probably do.
Three women – Sylvia, Lise, and Cindy – respond. And through the pages of the book, their stories become intertwined with one another. [pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#81DAF5″ class=”” size=””]It’s been my experience that if you have a book in your hands, and you keep your nose in it the whole time, even the most die-hard talker that sits down next to you will eventually get the message and shut up. -Lise[/pullquote]
Sylvia is the oldest, with a severe face and deep voice – she never hesitates to give her opinion. But she has a secret.
Lise is a writing professor who wants to write the next Great American Novel.
Cindy is young, and stuck in a relationship with a man who is not very nice.
Diana is overweight, and she has always defined herself by her weight and her appearance. [pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#81DAF5″ class=”” size=””]Do you have any idea what it’s like to go through your entire life knowing it doesn’t matter what you do or what you accomplish, you’ll never achieve your ideal? -Diana[/pullquote] Together, these women work towards becoming the selves they always dreamed of being. Walls are hit. Hurdles are leapt over. And bonds are formed that shouldn’t be broken. I am reminded of a line in a movie I watched recently, “Brothers fight. But they’re still brothers.” That applies to this book in so many ways. These women may not be sisters by blood, but they become sisters by choice.
And I enjoyed every second of the journey.