Ann Cabot, upscale art gallery owner, is struggling to find a pathway to lasting happiness while coping with the sorrows of relinquished love. There is George, her kind but stifling boyfriend, and Max, her intelligent but corrosive ex-husband. Enter the Pied Piper—Maggie Lambert—Ann’s newly commissioned and exquisitely gifted art conservator. Charismatic, enigmatic, and abrasively tough-minded, Maggie awakens something foreign and insistent in Ann that promises a new freedom. Deeply wise and deftly written, Sister Sorrow, Sister Joy is about the risks of love—with all its joy, sorrow, and uncertainty.
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A wonderfully written and sophisticated story about an accomplished woman rediscovering her independence. Well worth the time!
BOOK REVIEW Sister Sorrow, Sister Joy By Mariah Robinson Before her new novel begins the reader is presented with a sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The Millay poem is not simply a lagniappe, as I found myself returning to it throughout the reading of the novel, for me it seemed to amplify Ms. Robinson’s writing. This was a unique reading experience and I quite enjoyed it. The protagonist of Sister Sorrow, Sister Joy is Ann Cabot, a thirty-something divorced mother of two. As they say in the South, “she has her own money,” which differs from “has some money.” If you are not from the South, I have faith that you will still get the meaning of both aphorisms. Ann travels the world bringing back antiques and paintings for her very successful shop located in one of Richmond’s toney shopping districts. Finally, Ann is able to maintain two homes. One by the water in Hampton (VA) and her restored manor house in the Jackson Ward section of Richmond (VA). I don’t know that I would say that Ann is unhappy, but at the very least she is unfulfilled and that is another way of saying she needs something not yet present in her life. She recognizes that she is not in love with the attorney she has been seeing, nor will she ever be. Enter Maggie, the art conservator who is the antithesis of Ann, she is not a Virginia lady, she is gruff, forward, abrasive and absolutely fascinating to Ann. Ann wants very much to be friends with Maggie, while Maggie wants a deeper, more meaningful relationship. That’s all I’m telling. There is still a great deal more to the story; Ann’s visit with her cousin in Ireland as well as an Austrian Baronet, and a summer home on the Riviera. There are three mothers, two living one dead that play a role in her stork. One of the best skills displayed is the author’s ability to write real conversation. Every verbal communication of every character in this book has the ring of authenticity. The skill of writing conversation is one I much admire. Mariah Robinson has written a book that challenges the mind and charms the heart. Reviewed by Wallace Saval