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"When you are a younger sister, you are born with an eye not on the horizon, but on the hem of a shirt just ahead." So begins Cammie McGovern's graceful and discerning novel about two artistic and ambitious sisters, and the way their lives are inescapably tied to -- and shaped by -- one another's.
Suburban kids, they grow up in the 1970s and early '80s: Jemma is the younger, more cautious sister, while Rozzie, her elder, is confident and charismatic. As a teenager, Jemma develops an interest in photography, but her fledgling talent seems unimpressive when Rozzie, just two years older, heads to L.A. to study acting and wins a major Hollywood contract.
Rozzie's fame is sudden, and her prolonged absence from home is disquieting. But her mood swings and unpredictable behavior is even more upsetting. The sisters' relationship deteriorates, and the resulting misunderstandings and betrayals threaten to derail Jemma's life. Ultimately, Rozzie is forced to disclose a secret she has been hiding for years -- that she is losing her vision.
In her first novel, Cammie McGovern has crafted a beautiful story of two sisters trying to see the truth about themselves and each other. (Fall 2002 Selection)