The story of three sisters--Katherine, Judith, and Louise--their men, the bonds that unite them, and the complex, often contradictory relationships that all three have with their passionate and difficult mother, who has recently died
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Candace Flynt is the author of two previous novels, Chasing Dad and Sins of Omission. Mother of six and one of three sisters, she lives in her hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, where she is completing two novels and writing plays.From Publishers Weekly:
The title here is neither sentimental nor ironic, but ambiguous, posing a difficult, complex problem. How do three sisters, young women whose emotional lives seem governed by their motherstill a potent presence though two years deadtruly feel about her, and she about them? Well-mannered, discreet, middle-class Greensboro, N.C., where the novel is set, provided too small a scope for the mother, a woman who was intense, passionate, determined to live her own life. Divorced from her inoffensive husband, married to her long-time lover, she was given to outbursts of caprice, spite and malice to the point of violence and cruelty toward her daughters. Each of them shows the effects: confusions and uncertainties revolving around men, love, child-bearing, personal autonomy. But Katherine will bear a child; Jude will go off to Chapel Hill in search of a new life; Louise will somehow survive an unhappy first love. The resolutions they arrive at are somewhat over-contrived, evasive of the more intransigent realities of conflict between generations. But on the whole, Flynt's third novel (after Sins of Omission grapples handily with treacherous materials and commands the reader's interest and attention.
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