The Alphabet Sisters: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, May 17, 2005 - Fiction - 448 pages
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As girls growing up in Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. The unbridled enthusiasm of their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women haven’t spoken in years–ever since Bett’s fiancé deserted her to marry the younger Carrie. Now Lola is turning eighty and she is determined to reunite the girls for a blowout bash. And no one ever says no to Lola.

Bett, who fled to London after the scandal of losing her fiancé, is hesitant to face her sisters and her hometown–especially since she has yet to find another man. Sophisticated Anna, the eldest sister, isn’t too keen on the prospect either, though she’s secretly grateful for any excuse to leave her crumbling marriage behind in Sydney. And Carrie, who remained in Clare Valley, is perhaps the most apprehensive. Her marriage–the nominal cause of the sisters’ estrangement–is also on the rocks. Was she wrong to have followed her heart and run off with Bett’s fiancé?

When Lola shares her special request, that the girls stage a musical she has written, their short visit becomes a much longer commitment. As they are forced to spend more time together, the sisters must confront the pain that lingers between them. Preconceptions and misunderstandings are slowly put aside and the three find themselves gradually, irresistibly enveloping one another once again–until an unexpected turn of events changes everything in ways none of them could have ever imagined. . . .

Layering the lighthearted antics of small-town life with a heartbreaking story of loyalty lost and found, The Alphabet Sisters is an unforgettable story of two generations of women who learn that being true to themselves means being true to one another.

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Monica McInerney's Lola's Secret, At Home with the Templetons, The Faraday Girls, Family Baggage, Greetings from Somewhere Else, and Upside Down Inside Out.
 

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Australian siblings Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were known as the singing group the Alphabet Sisters throughout their childhood. Now adults, they are not on speaking terms, estranged three years ... Read full review

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Oh, this was a lovely book - and one that I enjoyed much more than the other one of hers that I read (_Family Baggage_). I certainly didn't expect for the book to make me cry - which it did. I did enjoy it enormously though I will certainly keep an eye out for this author in bookstores. Though it was mostly predictable, it was still a lot of fun to read. An escapist story, perfect for a plane ride or a beach! 

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Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
37
Section 3
56
Section 4
66
Section 5
80
Section 6
110
Section 7
125
Section 8
139
Section 17
275
Section 18
285
Section 19
293
Section 20
303
Section 21
316
Section 22
325
Section 23
340
Section 24
347

Section 9
159
Section 10
177
Section 11
184
Section 12
196
Section 13
206
Section 14
218
Section 15
260
Section 16
267
Section 25
357
Section 26
368
Section 27
378
Section 28
394
Section 29
401
Section 30
412
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Monica McInerney is the Australian-born author of the bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, and Spin the Bottle. A book publicist for ten years, she is now a full-time writer. McInerney lives in Dublin with her Irish husband and is currently working on her fifth novel.


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