Iris & Lily: The Complete Series

Iris & Lily: The Complete Series

by Angela Scipioni, Julie Scipioni
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Iris & Lily: The Complete Series by Angela Scipioni, Julie Scipioni

Inseparable sisters growing up in the '60s and '70s, Iris and Lily are the youngest daughters in a family of fourteen, struggling to survive in the chaotic Capotosti household. The rage of their hot-blooded Italian-American father, the demands and dictates of the Catholic church, the abuse and intimidation meted out by half a dozen domineering brothers, and the oppression of poverty pave their lives, forcing them to tackle physical and emotional feats beyond their comprehension and power.

During childhood, Iris and Lily lock arms to care for and protect one another, but as they grow, outside forces begin to drive a wedge between them. The blatant favoritism of an aunt, the shame of sexual abuse, socioeconomic shifts, and the eruption of the women's movement become the catalysts that transform their childhood camaraderie into conflict and their affection into alienation.

Desperate for love, validation, physical care, and freedom they each run headlong into marriage when they are barely out of their teens. When Iris' marriage transplants her to Italy, the physical and the emotional distance between the young women seems irreconcilable. Each time the sisters are reunited to celebrate a holiday or grieve the death of a family member, the unresolved conflicts resurface to confront them, challenging their perceptions of the past and the devotion they once knew.

Through their alternating voices and points of view, the two sisters Iris and Lily draw readers into their personal sagas within the Capotosti family relationships, making them relive the romance and expectations of young love, the disappointing realities of adulthood, and the complex dynamics at play between siblings with indomitable spirits who, despite their differences, share a deep sisterly love.

But is the love between two sisters strong enough to survive the truth they have avoided for so long? Can the deeply ingrained dynamic that governs their relationship – and their destinies – be altered?

Praised as "beyond excellent", "raw, real and slightly unnerving", "delightful, touching, deep and wise", this three-book series about two sisters is a compelling work of contemporary classic literature, a coming of age novel "you won't want to end".

The ebook edition contains all three books in the series. A trade paperback edition is available for each separate book of the "Iris & Lily" series, as Book One, Book Two and Book Three.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149744183
Publisher: Scipioni Enterprises
Publication date: 06/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,232
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Co-authors Angela and Julie Scipioni were born and raised in Rochester, NY.
Angela came into the world during a blizzard in the January of 1959, the seventh in a not-yet-completed lineup of snot-nosed, scraggly children. Not surprisingly, like generations of romantically inclined, novel-devouring young women before her, during a trip to Italy Angela fell in love with the country, its climate, its natural and artistic beauty, its people (yes, including its men), language, flavors and flair. Not yet 21, bewitched by fantasies of a sunny world filled with love and adventure, she moved to Italy to live out her own fairy story, and draft the first of several versions of a happy ending.
Three decades and many twists later, from her home in Liguria, she co-authored her first novel, Iris & Lily, with her sister Julie, working long-distance across the Atlantic for four full years. When she is not working on her writing projects, Angela enjoys noodling on her guitar and ukulele, cooking for and with friends, and spending as much time as possible outdoors, gardening, hiking, swimming, visiting with the cats that stop by to be petted and fed, and nurturing her soul with the beauty of God's nature.
Julie Scipioni is a passionate creative communicator who has embraced writing, speaking, singing, and even yoga instruction all as vehicles for telling her story, sharing her energy, and encouraging and teaching others. Born in 1960, Julie is also known as "Number 8" in her family of 11 children. Julie is devoted to the principles of love, peace, and active compassion not as ideals, but as life goals and as guideposts for ethical living. In addition to writing, Julie is active in her church, plays the guitar and the ukulele "strictly for fun" and performs as a vocalist at various social and community events. Julie is a fitness buff and an avid cyclist, proud to have put more than 10,000 miles on her Specialized road bike. Julie lives in Upstate New York with her husband Rick and their two cats, Halo and Stella.

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Iris & Lily: The Complete Series 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read an average of one novel a month, and this is far and away one of the most beautifully written stories I have read in a very long time. Iris & Lily captures your heart and doesn't let go, page after page. And make no mistake, the title characters may be women, but the enjoyment of this read is by no means gender specific. This is a true modern day literary gift.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I enjoyed every page! Sisters, often difficult relationships. While reading, I often though of my sister and only sibling. She died 14 years ago and although our relationship was, at times, contentious, I wish I could talk with her today. Thanks for this book and the interesting family dynamics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the storyline, but had a hard time reading through the other language, to which I have no knowledge of, and the vulgarity that was thrown in, from time to time.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Parts were excellent. A joy to read and invigorating. Other times long drawn out and hard to read.
Anonymous 8 months ago
It will always be in my top ten favorite reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow, but worth the read. There were times it brought me to tears.
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SpeedReader More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I couldn't put a book down but Iris & Lily captivated me. The alternating chapters from each sister's perspective was refreshing. Reading each chapter was like peeling an onion layer by layer as each of their lives were revealed slowly. Brava!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed these novels immensely! Brought me back to my own childhood memories from the 60's in a large Catholic family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tall-ish, bluenette girl with a lithe figure walks in. "Hello?"