The Story Sisters charts the lives of three sisters–Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go.
What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you? These are the questions this luminous novel asks.
At once a coming-of-age tale, a family saga, and a love story of erotic longing, The Story Sisters sifts through the miraculous and the mundane as the girls become women and their choices haunt them, change them and, finally, redeem them. It confirms Alice Hoffman’s reputation as “a writer whose keen ear for the measure struck by the beat of the human heart is unparalleled”
Can I start by saying how much I adore Alice Hoffman? It’s not necessarily her stories (which are amazing) but her overall style of writing. It’s a little different than what I normally read, yet every time I read something from her I fall in love with it. First it was The Museum of Extraordinary Things which became my favorite adult fiction book, then it was The Rules of Magic. Every book I pick up I love, and this one was no different.
The ability to write a book that spans most the characters life is a difficult one, to watch a character transition from childhood to adulthood is a beautiful thing that we normally don’t see documented as years go by. It’s an amazing gift, one I saw both in this book of Hoffman’s and The Rules of Magic. I liked this book better though. It’s got some seriously sad undertones to it, so consider yourself warned, it deals with some deep topics, but the book itself is beautiful moving, and it has a happy ending, which I find I crave.
Overall I couldn’t be happier with this book and it was a good piece of fiction to start the year off with. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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