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The Good Sister
     

The Good Sister

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by Drusilla Campbell
 

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Roxanne Callahan has always been her younger sister's caretaker. Now married, her happiness is threatened when beautiful and emotionally unstable Simone, suffering from crippling postpartum depression, commits an unforgivable crime for which Roxanne comes to believe she is partially responsible. In the glare of national media attention brought on her sister, Roxanne

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Roxanne Callahan has always been her younger sister's caretaker. Now married, her happiness is threatened when beautiful and emotionally unstable Simone, suffering from crippling postpartum depression, commits an unforgivable crime for which Roxanne comes to believe she is partially responsible. In the glare of national media attention brought on her sister, Roxanne fights to hold her marriage together as she is drawn back into the pain of her troubled past and relives the fraught relationship she and Simone shared with their narcissistic mother. At the same time, only she can help Simone's nine year old daughter, Merell, make sense of the family's tragedy. Cathartic, lyrical, and unflinchingly honest, THE GOOD SISTER is a novel of four generations of women struggling to overcome a legacy of violence, lies and secrecy, ultimately finding strength and courage in their love for each other.

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Publishers Weekly
A mother on trial for the attempted murder of her children opens Campbell's piercing latest. The story shifts back in time to explore Simone Duran's childhood with her sister, Roxanne, and their self-absorbed mother and also Simone's life as a stay-at-home mom suffering from postpartum depression. Simone's neglect of infant daughter Olivia, who she lets lie in her crib crying for hours on end, tears at the heart, but while Simone's mothering is disturbing, Campbell (Blood Orange) highlights the underlying factors that have pushed Simone to this edge, giving the story balance. Simone's macho husband prevents her seeking treatment while he imposes pregnancy after pregnancy on her in his desire to finally have a son. Add Roxanne's overprotectiveness of Simone, and you have a completely dependent woman. Campbell burns through Simone's struggles and also those of Roxanne in haunting, graphic detail. This portrait of the inner life of a woman whose psychotic state led her to believe that killing her children and herself would have been best for all of them should be on everyone's book club list. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446575102
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
599,190
File size:
615 KB

Meet the Author

Drusilla Campbell is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Wildwood, The Edge of Sky, and Blood Orange. Before she started school she had crossed the Pacific Ocean three times. In her twenties she lived in Europe and Central America. Today she's happy to stay at home in San Diego with her husband, the attorney and poet Art Campbell, two rescued dogs, and three horses.

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Good Sister 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
caregiver4u2 More than 1 year ago
I read the book..it was a fast read...had a strong message about Mental Illness and depression ..great for awareness groups..but while reading it I kept waiting to be pulled into the story, which just never really came..dont think I would recommend the book but yet not disappointed that I read it..
HDgirl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book....I had a hard time putting this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day... i just could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, touched my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest all the way through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Very well written....will definitely look to read other books by this author. Highly recommend reading it.
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VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Very intense read. Very well written and author raises alot of questions. Although the subject is very dark, this is a great book and one that would be great for bookclub discussions.
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Well written.
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