Alphabet Sistersby Monica McInerney
Pub. Date: 05/17/2005
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
As girls growing up in Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. The unbridled enthusiasm of their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women haven’t spoken in years–ever since Bett’s fiancé deserted her to marry the
As girls growing up in Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. The unbridled enthusiasm of their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women haven’t spoken in years–ever since Bett’s fiancé deserted her to marry the younger Carrie. Now Lola is turning eighty and she is determined to reunite the girls for a blowout bash. And no one ever says no to Lola.
Bett, who fled to London after the scandal of losing her fiancé, is hesitant to face her sisters and her hometown–especially since she has yet to find another man. Sophisticated Anna, the eldest sister, isn’t too keen on the prospect either, though she’s secretly grateful for any excuse to leave her crumbling marriage behind in Sydney. And Carrie, who remained in Clare Valley, is perhaps the most apprehensive. Her marriage–the nominal cause of the sisters’ estrangement–is also on the rocks. Was she wrong to have followed her heart and run off with Bett’s fiancé?
When Lola shares her special request, that the girls stage a musical she has written, their short visit becomes a much longer commitment. As they are forced to spend more time together, the sisters must confront the pain that lingers between them. Preconceptions and misunderstandings are slowly put aside and the three find themselves gradually, irresistibly enveloping one another once again–until an unexpected turn of events changes everything in ways none of them could have ever imagined. . . .
Layering the lighthearted antics of small-town life with a heartbreaking story of loyalty lost and found, The Alphabet Sisters is an unforgettable story of two generations of women who learn that being true to themselves means being true to one another.
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I have read alot of books in my 34 years, however I have never read a book like this. You literally laugh out loud and catch yourself being looked at and you cry out loud just the same. Monica knows how to hit home and really brings you into her storyline. You feel like your there within the family she speaks about. A must read!!!!
This book will make the top of the charts! This is an amazing story on so many levels. Not only is this book about sisters and their relationship, but it's about love, betrayal, growing old, living through trauma, marriage, business, and the list continues. You WILL fall in love with Lola. You will fall in love with Ellen. You will struggle to find the truth in the sisters. They will slowly let you into their hearts and let down their guard. This is one of those books that grabs ahold of you because you love these characters. The book toys with you, one minute you will laugh and the next you will feel the tears in your eyes. You will be given information that will shock you for a split second, then the story will unfold behind the information. My next stop is to find this authors web site and be informed about all her writing. I am a true fan and would recommend this to any bookclub, as long as your meetings are long because this one can be talked about for hours! A true jewel!
When they were children growing up together in Clare Valley, Australia, they sang as a trio dressed in identical garb called THE ALPHABET SISTERS, but being best friends also ended three years ago. The youngest Carrie and the fiancé of the middle Bett announced they were in love and were going to be married. The threesome has not talked to one another since. The oldest Anna hides behind the needs of her spouse and four year old daughter in Sydney; Bett fled to London where she writes music promos; Carrie married Matt, but stayed in her hometown. --- Grandmother Lola, who lovingly raised the girls, wants her granddaughters reconciled. She invites them to come home to celebrate her eightieth birthday knowing she is the only person that each of THE ALPHABET SISTERS would show up for. However, each sibling arrives with emotional baggage. Anna¿s husband is having an affair while their daughter remains scarred from a canine attack; Bett detests living alone; Carrie and Matt have separated. Lola masterly manipulates her granddaughters to perform together a musical she wrote to encourage the reconciliation the trio wants for they miss one another, none will risk that critical first step. --- This is a terrific relationship tale that avoids turning into a tear jerker until a late twist involving cancer is used as a possible reconciliatory catalyst. The story line is at its best when it concentrates on the three sisters especially their desires and darkest secrets; by extension through the trio, readers obtains somewhat of a glimpse of their extended families. Though that final spin makes it too easy to choose and seems so unnecessary, readers will take immense pleasure with this deep Australian family drama.--- Harriet Klausner