The Sister Season

The Sister Season

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by Jennifer Scott
     
 

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Sometimes coming home for the holidays isn’t as easy as it seems….

It’s December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured,

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Sometimes coming home for the holidays isn’t as easy as it seems….

It’s December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now. The Yancey sisters are coming to spend the holidays with their mother. They’re also coming to bury their father.

Claire, the youngest, a free spirit who journeyed to California, returns first. Then comes Julia, the eldest, a college professor with a teenage son of her own. And finally there’s Maya, the middle child, who works so hard to be the perfect mother and wife. 

During the sisters’ week together, old conflicts surface, new secrets emerge, and the limits and definitions of family are tested. And as the longest night of the year slips by and brightening days beckon, the sisters will have to answer one question: When you’re a sister, aren’t you a sister forever?

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Library Journal
10/15/2013
Elise is decorating her Kansas City farmhouse for Christmas, anticipating the return of her fractured family for her husband Robert's funeral. A sister's betrayal and an abusive father drove Elise and Robert's three daughters away years ago. Needing to bury their father and support their mother, the girls have returned: free spirit Claire, intimidating and driven Julia, and perfect Maya. Under one roof at last, Elise and her girls will have to confront finally the past if they want a happier future. VERDICT This angst-filled and guilt-ridden novel by a YA author (as Jennifer Brown) making her adult fiction debut will not raise readers' spirits for the holidays.
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"Emotionally honest and psychologically astute, The Sister Season is ultimately an uplifting story about the pull of the past, the need for forgiveness, and the redemptive power of familial love." —Liza Gyllenhaal, author of A Place for Us

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451418814
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
259,366
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Jennifer Scott’s Young Adult Fiction Written as Jennifer Brown

“A compulsive read.”—Gail Giles, author of Right Behind You and What Happened to Cass McBride?

“Authentic and relevant…one to top the charts.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[This] book’s power—and its value—come from the honest portrayal of characters.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A nuanced novel....Brown creates multifaceted characters as well as realistic, insightful descriptions.”—Booklist

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