The Good Sister

The Good Sister

by Drusilla Campbell

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446535786
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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. 48 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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amusingmother on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
May 26, 2005. The day I stopped loving Tom Cruise. That is the day he slammed Brooke Shields for publicly announcing her reaction to postpartum depression. She chose medication. Gasp! Since then I've felt nothing but contempt for the man who has never had his body rewired while internal organs are pushed aside and changes in hormonal balance makes you cry because the cat coughed up a hairball.On this particular day, my own body was waging a war with itself, having pushed a person the size of a pot roast through a hole the size of a nostril, and for some mysterious reason, my previously aesthetically pleasing breasts became as hard as granite were leaking sustenance for a child that was wholly dependent on me. No amount of positive thinking was going to magically restore my sleep deprived, physically rewired body. Nope. Instead I did what any sane woman would do.I painted the family room. And the kitchen. And the entry.To this day, I can't properly articulate my manic response to giving birth. I can only sit back, sigh and enjoy the ambiance of the colors.And so, back to the book and painting. The author paints a clear path to Simone's thinking and thinking errors. The feeling of being overwhelmed and helpless as the demands continue to pile around her, looking for impossible solutions and eventually slipping past depression into psychosis. It is as disturbing as it is well articulated. A new mother may see a sliver of herself in Simone and feel uncomfortable.The author adds to Simone's personality bipolar, learned helplessness, narcissism, and provides a breeding ground for Simone's role. At the same time, Simone's older sister, Roxanne, takes on the caretaking role from a very early age. Co-dependency is threaded throughout the story by not only Roxanne but others from Simone's life and ancestral chain.This is a work of fiction however, the author lays her soul out by taking on such a difficult subject. This book covers so many different aspects of relationships and mental illness and health along with multidimensional characters, I would strongly suggest it for a mature Reading Group. Reading level is not difficult, the language does contain the "F" word at times.
abcarroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A heart-wrenching story of post partum psychosis and of a family dealing with their not-so-easy life together. Roxanne and Simone are sisters and it has always been Roxanne's job to care for her sister, so much so that she (along with Simone's husband and mother) leave Simone with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Simone has 4 daughters of her own and another on the way and has no way to care for them since she cannot care for herself. Most of this book take place in the past and helps you really get a feel for why these characters are the way they are. Definitely a good read, but if you're looking for a happy upbeat story this isn't it...you've been warned.
CMash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE GOOD SISTER by Drusilla CampbellPublished by Grand Central PublishingThe Hachette Book GroupISBN 978-0-44653578-6At the request of Bestsellersworld, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (borrowed from B&N): 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. My Thoughts and Opinion: Ms. Campbell was able to take a real life , often misunderstood, disease, and with her sensitive, personal experience and masterful writing style, to create a fictional story that was poignant, emotional and heart wrenching. The family dynamics profound, psyches formed from childhood make one wonder of their own family dynamics. This book, at times was very personal and hard for me to read, especially because I could relate to the character of Roxanne. With this book, comes a "Reading Book Guide", and after reading it, I agree, this novel would make an excellent Book Club Choice. If you enjoy books where relationships are woven together, then this is a must read. My Rating: 4
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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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