“Tuck’s prose is elegant.” New York Times Book Review
Lily Tuck’s critically-lauded, bestselling I Married You for Happiness was hailed by the Boston Globe as “an artfully crafted still life of one couple’s marriage.” In her singular new novel Sisters , Tuck gives a very different portrait of marital life, exposing the intricacies and scandals of a new marriage sprung from betrayal.
Tuck’s unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers, and the unbanishable presence of his first wifeknown only as she. Obsessed with her, our narrator moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasizing about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal she intellectually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and she , from which the narrator is excluded? The daring and precise build up to an eerily wonderful denouement is a triumph of subtlety and surprise.
With Sisters , Lily Tuck delivers riveting psychological portrait of marriage, infidelity, and obsession; charting with elegance and insight love in all its phases.
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About the Author
Gabra Zackman is the award-winning narrator of over 300 audiobooks. She has been in the business since 2004, when she started recording for the National Library Service for the Blind. A classically trained actress, Gabra has appeared in theaters all over the country as well as on film and television.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:October 10, 1939
Place of Birth:Paris, France
Education:B.A., Radcliffe (Harvard); M.A., Sorbonne, Paris
Read an Excerpt
In one of the photos I saw of her as a young woman, she is pushing a baby carriage – an old-fashioned big black baby carriage – down a city street in Paris. The street is shaded by large chestnut trees and, in addition to pushing the carriage, she is holding a little dog on a leash. The dog, a black terrier, is straining at the leash.
“Heel,” she could be telling the dog. “Heel, damn-it,” but the dog pays her no attention.
“She didn’t like dogs much,” my husband once told me. “She liked cats. I hate cats,” he adds.
“I love dogs,” I told my husband.
At first I had pictured her in a house full of cats. Cats everywhere. Cats stretched out on the sofa, on the chairs, lying on top of the kitchen table, sitting on the window sill licking themselves clean, eating from bowls on the floor. A mess. I was reminded of the book I had just read about poor Camille Claudel, Rodin’s discarded mistress, made mad by neglect and poverty. Her apartment on the Quai de Bourbon in Paris, a home for feral cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Lily Tuck and Atlantic Monthly Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your work with me. I had not 'found' Lily Tuck prior to reading this short novel. I love finding a great writer with backstories to keep me going until their next hits the stands. Sisters is an excellent tale, very witty in places and sad in others, about the obsession of the 'other woman' wife number two about wife number one. We cannot even name these two ladies, but we know them down to their roots before this tale is over. An excellent read, easily digested and something I am happy to recommend to family and friends. I will want to read this novel again in winter when this farmer has the time to savor each word.