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Bufflehead Sisters
     

Bufflehead Sisters

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by Patricia J. Delois
 

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As an only child, Janet longs for a sister her parents are unable to give her. In kindergarten she meets Sophie, a strange and imaginative girl with a troubled family life. As friendship grows between the two girls, Janet believes her prayers have been answered, especially when members of her family embrace Sophie as one of their own.

Sophie's troubles continue

Overview

As an only child, Janet longs for a sister her parents are unable to give her. In kindergarten she meets Sophie, a strange and imaginative girl with a troubled family life. As friendship grows between the two girls, Janet believes her prayers have been answered, especially when members of her family embrace Sophie as one of their own.

Sophie's troubles continue to follow her through high school, and Janet stands by her "sister" until, in adulthood, she learns of a devastating secret Sophie has kept from her. Janet's world is turned upside down-and she discovers there may be a limit to what sisters should share.

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"A stunning work of imagination...funny, heartbreaking, hair-raising, painful, perverse, and redeeming."
-Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425227770
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"A stunning work of imagination...funny, heartbreaking, hair-raising, painful, perverse, and redeeming."
-Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Meet the Author

Patricia J. DeLois is a first-time novelist who is currently at work on her next novel.

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Bufflehead Sisters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ssjax More than 1 year ago
One of the lead characters was so self-absorbed that I couldn't stand it, especially towards the last half of the book. I finally gave up and started to skip over her paragraphs just to get to the ending. Not only was I unable to relate to her but she was so unlikeable in the end that it was completely unbelievable.
Mindfulnow More than 1 year ago
Who's to blame? Janet's parents married their missing pieces and the years increase their polarities them than each learning from the other. Her parents struggle for a balance between compassion and control. Sophie has no family and her life entwines with Janet and Janet's family. Patricia DeLois has Janet describe Sophie as follows: "Her hair was a nest of blond curls that made me think of Goldilocks, and there was a smug look about her mouth that suggested she might have already helped herself to someone's porridge and found it just right." Turns out, this comment foreshadows events to come in Sophie and Janet's lives. Sophie seems to help herself to others' "porridge" in her effort to find herself, heal herself. DeLois writes with wit and clarity. "One day in late winter, Sophie suggested we dig our way to another country. Not China, she said--they would look for us there. We would dig a hole halfway to China, and then we would veer off toward Amsterdam." DeLois shows the reader both how Sophie viewed her dysfunctional family and how Janet viewed her own parents as well as her relationship with the Sophie. The author is as adept at showing the child's view as she is the adolescent view, and then the adult view. While this is partially a coming of age story, this is also a story that holds a mirror to the ways we judge others and struggle with the pain life brings.
McGuffyAnn More than 1 year ago
As an only child, Janet longs for a sister. In Kindergarten she meets Sophie, also an only child but very unlike herself. As is often the case, opposites attract. Janet and Sophie become inseparable. Due to Sophie's tragic home life and unavailable parents, she spends much of her childhood in Janet's home. There they are dubbed "The Bufflehead Sisters" by Janet's bird watching father. He teaches them about life and nature, while Janet's mother is forced to take on the responsibility of Sophie's morals and values, as well as Janet's. As the girls grow, they continue in opposite directions, though remaining as close as sisters. Janet tries to make healthy choices, while Sophie goes through one disastrous situation after another. Finally reaching adulthood, Janet finds out things about Sophie, including secrets she long kept hidden from Janet. These secrets change everything Janet thought she knew about Sophie, their friendship, their "sisterhood", and their lives both together and apart. I was totally absorbed in this unique coming of age novel. At turns funny and heartbreaking, Bufflehead Sisters will touch you and affect you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is worth sitting down and reading!! I noticed there is a sequel to this book that will be out soon. Make sure you read this one first and its well worth the money!!
SaraJean21 More than 1 year ago
This book was good if you wanted words to read. It was so disturbing how much one character hates herself. It never really feels like the author had a clue what to do with her. It was always back and forth, never felt like she was real. It was very predictable and non forgiving. I am not a prude but I had to throw this book out because I didn't want anyone else borrowing it. It was a fast read I got through it in a day, I didn't want to finish it because I wanted to see if the one character ever even finds out who she is. Although she kinda does its a selfish unaware woman that I don't understand how you like them. Oh well, next time I will try to be better on what I find for a road trip.
MM1011 More than 1 year ago
Picked this up thinking it would be a fun read where I wouldn't have to do much thinking. Boy was I wrong but in a good way. I really enjoyed this book and was pleasently surprised by the way it turned out.