Updated: Jan 30, 2020
AUTHOR: Lily Tuck
PUBLISHER: Atlantic Monthly Press
PUBLISHED DATE: September 5, 2017
This book has a deceptively low score on Goodreads. Please don't let that scare you away.
“First and second wives are like sisters.”....Sisters, a novela by National Book Award Winner Lily Tuck, is complex, highly consumable, provocative, and utterly disappointing. I say disappointing, because it leaves the reader hanging and I needed about 200 more pages.
The unnamed narrator is the second wife to a man divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. When our unnamed anti-heroine comes into this marriage, the husband's children are already older teens - finishing high school, starting college, and getting married. Her husband's former wife left some big shoes to fill and the narrator's insight drawn from pieces left behind of a once great marriage are truly revealing. I hung on every word that lead to a remarkably scandalous and surprising end that left me pissed all the way off. This novel may be slim, but it's meaty. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at about an hour an a half. I thought to replay it....and I still might.
***I know I usually put up new videos, and I just might do my own video review, but this is what I was able to find on YouTube.
Recommendation! Read it! Slow boil good....just the way I like it, but be prepared to have the rug pulled from under your feet.
Audience: Grown Folks
*I borrowed this audiobook on my library Hoopla account.