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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Moon Sisters: A Novel by Therese Walsh

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

This mesmerizing coming-of-age novel, with its sheen of near-magical realism, is a moving tale of family and the power of stories.

After their mother's unsettling and unresolved death, sisters Olivia and Jazz take steps to move on with their lives.  Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia - who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights - is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother's unfinished novel to lay her spirit properly to rest.

Already resentful of Olivia's foolish quest and her family's insistence upon her involvement, Jazz is further aggravated when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches on to a worldly train-hopper who warns he shouldn't be trusted.  As Jazz and Olivia near their destination, each hiding something from the other, their journey toward acceptance of their mother's death becomes as important as their journey to understand each other and themselves.

my thoughts:

Beautiful, lush, and moving are the words I would use to describe Therese Walsh's novel, The Moon Sisters. I was absolutely hooked by the story of Jazz and Olivia - two very different sisters who are traveling together in order to bid their late mother "adieu".  Along their journey we discover the difficult relationship both women had with their mother and one another.  This book is riddled with family drama, a cornucopia of themes (regret, love, forgiveness, and guilt), and a touch of magical realism.  Walsh has created a story that is engaging, complicated, and powerful.  The characters are fully developed to the point that you can't help but root for them or throw your hands up in frustration when they choose the wrong option.  The Moon Sisters was unputdownable!

I would most definitely recommend this book to fans of novels about sisters and family dramas.  You will fall in love with this magical read!


Thank you to Crown Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book!

8 comments:

Bellezza said...

So love magical reads. Have heard good things about this, and your review ices that cake. Perhaps I should take my copy en vacance in June?

Brandie said...

Wonderful review, Nadia! This sounds like a really enjoyable book - I'm glad you liked it so much!

Nadia A said...

Bellezza, me too. Definitely take this one with you on your vacaciones en Junio :)Let me know what you thought of it.

Nadia A said...

Brandie, thanks!

Lark said...

Ooh...this one sounds really good. I like character-driven novels with a touch of something extra, something magical. Your review definitely has me curious. Can't wait to check this one out. Thanks!

Lisa said...

I think this would make a good book club read - so many things to discuss and she really does touch on so many themes.

Nadia A said...

Lark, definitely check it out - you are going to love it :)

Lisa, I totally agree with you - it would be a terrific book club read.

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The Moon Sisters is a deeply moving story that will resonate with many readers. It is well-written, absorbing and delightful. You won’t want to miss this thoughtful novel by Therese Walsh.