Sisters: A Novel

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Penguin, Aug 24, 2021 - Fiction - 224 pages
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

“[A] skillfully crafted gothic mystery . . . Johnson pulls off a great feat in this book.” Financial Times

“It reminded me, in its general refusal to play nice, of early Ian McEwan.” The New York Times Book Review

“Johnson crafts an aching thriller about the dangers of loving too intensely.” Time

From a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out.


“One of her generation’s most intriguing authors” (Entertainment Weekly), Daisy Johnson is the youngest writer to have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Now she returns with Sisters, a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins.

Born just ten months apart, July and September are thick as thieves, never needing anyone but each other. Now, following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long-abandoned family home near the shore. In their new, isolated life, July finds that the deep bond she has always shared with September is shifting in ways she cannot entirely understand. A creeping sense of dread and unease descends inside the house. Meanwhile, outside, the sisters push boundaries of behavior—until a series of shocking encounters tests the limits of their shared experience, and forces shocking revelations about the girls’ past and future.

Written with radically inventive language and imagery by an author whose work has been described as “entrancing” (The New Yorker), “a force of nature” (The New York Times Book Review), and “weird and wild and wonderfully unsettling” (Celeste Ng), Sisters is a one-two punch of wild fury and heartache—a taut, powerful, and deeply moving account of sibling love and what happens when two sisters must face each other’s darkest impulses.
 

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User Review  - JosephCamilleri - LibraryThing

In the acknowledgments section at the end of the book, Daisy Johnson thanks her mother “for watching horror films she doesn’t really want to watch with [her]”. I am not surprised. Sisters is a horror ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth.Clarke - LibraryThing

3.5 Stars. A complex plot with a few twists makes this psychological thrilled good, but not great. The sisters' relationship was clearly corrupt and leads to a dark, fairly predictable conclusion. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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About the author (2021)

Daisy Johnson is the youngest author ever shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, with her first novel, Everything Under, in 2018. Her short story collection, Fen, received the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She lives in Oxford, England.

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