Tanya Michna is an award-winning author under another name. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and two young children. Author website: tanyamichna.com.
Necessary Arrangementsby Tanya Michna
Gifted and successful, Asia has always been the serious, got-it-all-under-control Swenson, who protected her clumsy sibling from the usual childhood scrapes. Lucy, six years/b>
Meet the Swenson sisters, Asia and Lucy, as different as night and day yet as close as sisters can be...who are about to face the greatest challenge of their lives.
Gifted and successful, Asia has always been the serious, got-it-all-under-control Swenson, who protected her clumsy sibling from the usual childhood scrapes. Lucy, six years younger, made up for her frequent mishaps with her infectious smile and sunny enthusiasm. Now, giddily in love and about to be married, Lucy has never been happier—until she learns that Asia’s illness has returned. Now Lucy must become the strong one, holding the family together while inside she’s in danger of falling apart. How can she get excited about planning her future when her sister’s future is so uncertain?
Asia likes to imagine herself as a superhero conquering her disease—Asia Jane versus the Cancer of Doom—but she can’t take on this fight without Lucy, her staunchest ally. Only with Lucy’s help can Asia seize each day and wring every drop of life from it—losing herself in giggles and adventures, opening up to new relationships and deeper connections. And nothing, absolutely nothing will stop her from walking down the aisle as her sister’s maid of honor.
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This is a story about the way life-changing events force us to reevaluate who we are and who we want to be¿not for the sake of personal legacy, but for the sake of personal happiness. It¿s difficult to explain what makes this book so good without giving away too much of the plot. The author, Tanya Michna, capitalized on two strengths in writing this novel. First, she¿s gifted at writing natural dialog, and there were conversations throughout the novel that I could easily picture myself having. Second, she knows how to introduce the kind of detail that makes readers feel like we¿re inside her story without making her settings obtrusive. By Chapter 5, the fluidity of the story had become so compelling, and the characters so relatable, that it was just easier to keep reading than, say, eat, sleep, or shower. Michna didn¿t create the relationship between Asia and Lucy in Chapter 1. The relationship had already existed for nearly three decades before Michna started recording it. The interaction between them is almost rhythmic, and evokes their entire history. But while the two sisters are the stars of this particular show, they¿re supported by a strong ensemble of family and friends, and by the end of the story all the characters have evolved toward more complete versions of themselves. For the last couple of years, I¿ve been asking strangers in airports if they¿ve read Leif Enger¿s Peace Like a River. Now I¿ll be asking them if they¿ve read Tanya Michna¿s Necessary Arrangements.