Sisters One, Two, Three

Sisters One, Two, Three

by Nancy Star

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ISBN-13: 9781503937468
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 492,007
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nancy Star is the author of four previous novels: Carpool Diem, Up Next, Now This, and Buried Lives. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Family Circle, Diversion magazine, and on the web. Before embarking on her writing career, Nancy worked for more than a decade as a movie executive in the film business, dividing her time between New York and London. She has two grown daughters and a son-in-law and now lives in New Jersey with her husband.

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Sisters One, Two, Three 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Dysfunctional families fascinate me...reading this book about one very dysfunctional family was intriguing. Honestly, I truly could not imagine why a family would keep such a secret and erase some very important treasures from their shared history. I mean this family is a master at hiding secrets until one fateful day when Ginger, one of the sisters, whispers about the "unspoken memories" and her daughter, Julia, happens to catch the forbidden words. Things begin to unravel but perhaps things will actually become pieced back together. Glory's family reminds me of a puzzle with crucial pieces missing. Glory loves to work jigsaw puzzles. It is her favorite past-time, in fact. A missing piece would drive her crazy, and yet her own family is just like that and she doesn't even recognize it. Denial keeps this family going for a long time....but it's about to crumble. Will the revealing of the truth bring the needed healing to this family? I found the Tangle family to be quite sad and I couldn't help but feel pity and compassion for them. I'm very familiar with secrets and denial, so perhaps that's why I feel this way. I also was very eager to find the "big secret" as I read. It seemed that it would never be told. When I discovered it, I was shocked that the family hid it for so many years. This was a family who desperately needed to grieve. I am rating this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction and family drama. I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Kaits_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
This was the first novel by Nancy Star that I’ve read, and I’ll be honest: my first impression was that I didn’t like it and wasn’t going to enjoy the book. The subject matter is emotionally heavy and rather depressing. The main character, Ginger, who takes us through her childhood and adult life, is somewhat irritating. She is always on the look-out for something bad to happen. The writing style wasn’t my favorite, with sentences sometimes feeling choppy and incomplete. All that being said, I read the first half of this book in one day. So, subject matter, irritating characters, and confusing writing aside, the story itself was intriguing and kept me turning the pages. I think the reason I found myself so into this book after being initially turned off was because the characters were so well-developed. The characters were very human, each one being flawed in their own way. Ginger and Glory, as much as I wanted to smack them both sometimes, were extremely well-written! Despite my initial hesitations with this book, I still find myself thinking about it now that I’ve read it. It really is one of those stories that makes you stop and think. If you enjoy emotionally complex characters who are beautifully flawed, then I suggest you pick up Sisters One, Two, Three and give it a try. Read Full Review at: KaitsBookshelf.com
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings An accident during vacation rips this family apart and an interesting happenstance may bring them back together. I was surprised quite a few times in this book and loved each time that I was surprised! I don't know how to describe this interesting family drama without giving the major plot points away. I will say that it was so unique and different that I read this book in two sittings in 12 hours. I didn't want each chapter to end and wanted to know more and more about this bruised and battered family.
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
I was torn between 4 and 5 stars but I am going with the higher because I really enjoyed getting to know the Tangled family and their issues. Glory was something else but as the book moves along I understand why she is written the way she is. I had sympathy for the whole family and I felt that it was a perfect ending that I will make my own assumptions about what follows. The story flows easily and I read the bulk of the book in two days.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Ginger cautiously relaxed now that she saw Outside Glory had arrived. That’s how Ginger thought of her mother whenever company was coming. When it was just them, the family home alone, Inside Glory ruled the day. The actual transformation of Inside to Outside was not pleasant to observe. It took about an hour with a makeup kit jammed with so many tools it no longer closed… But Outside Glory was much easier to be around. With plain-faced Inside Glory, there was no telling what might set her off. This time when Glory stood up, she rose so fast her chair toppled over. For a moment, they all stared at it, the chair on its side on the floor, like some kind of kitchen roadkill. Glory drove like she was an actress sitting in the chopped-off half of a fake car on an old-time movie set, images of the world whizzing by as if on a screen. It was all, look over there as the car swerved to the right, and look at that, as she overcorrected to the left. Anyone watching would surely assume they were a carload of drunken teenagers, and not a family with a mother who drove, forearms pressed against the wheel, as she inexplicably applied and then reapplied her lipstick every five minutes. It was odd how often this happened, Ginger and Mimi retaining different slivers of family memory. It was almost as if the recollections had been split down the middle and doled out: you get this, I get that, so no one would be privy to it all. Mimi is as stubborn as a bloodstain. Came that way straight out of the womb. And Gingie has skin like a peach. Bruises if you look too hard. My Review: Sisters One, Two, Three was a compelling, fascinating, and smartly written book. I was completely enthralled and vastly intrigued as the story dug deeper and deeper into this amusingly odd family’s complicated web of secrets, deceptions, manipulations, egocentric tendencies, and tragedy. Every single one of them sported an obnoxious or quirky personality, Ms. Star had to have a massive amount of research to keep their eccentricities and traits consistent and on-point – as she did an excellent job of portraying these well-drawn characters while revealing their deepest of flaws yet also retaining their likeability and endearing qualities by exposing their human frailties and vulnerabilities. The story was artfully presented in an entertaining, cleverly amusing, and heart-squeezing manner. I was captivated, sympathetic, empathetic and embroiled in the children’s’ dilemma as they navigated around each other as well as their mercurial and histrionic mother. Glory was cunning, selfish, smart, witty, grandiose, and full of drama; which kept the oldest daughter, Ginger, anxious, fraught with tension, and constantly on edge while trying to personally stay off her mother’s radar as well as keeping the younger children out of trouble and safe, which of course, was impossible. The storyline was written from a third person POV and followed two timelines, twenty-five years apart. The plot was unique, brilliantly layered, expertly crafted, and enticingly executed. I was an instant fangirl of Ms. Star’s wordcraft and am signing on for life - unless she starts writing about zombies, I truly despise zombies.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Sisters One, Two, Three is about a dysfunctional family, the tragedy that scarred them, and how Glory Tangle’s decision changed her children’s lives for twenty-five years. This book takes the reader into the heart of a family, damaged by secrets, loss, and neglect. Glory, the mother of the Tangle family, is an interesting but unlikable character. She takes advantage and emotionally abuses her oldest daughter, Ginger. She also manipulates her into accepting the blame for whatever happens in the family. Because of this, Ginger, unfortunately, grows up anxious about everything. And Although, her heart is in the right place; Ginger’s obsessive worrying drives her only child away. Glory’s two other daughters, Mimi and Callie were also affected by their mother’s behavior. Mimi grew up cold and controlling and Callie, a loner. The older two sisters, Ginger and Mimi, were stunned speechless, by the immense secret that their mother chose to keep from them. Glory Tangle knew that some of her decisions were selfish, but in her mind, she was doing the best she could for her daughters. Sisters One, Two, Three is a captivating, poignant and emotional charged story with unique characters and a compelling plot. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Sisters One, Two, Three is about a dysfunctional family, the tragedy that scarred them, and how Glory Tangle’s decision changed her children’s lives for twenty-five years. This book takes the reader into the heart of a family, damaged by secrets, loss, and neglect. Glory, the mother of the Tangle family, is an interesting but unlikable character. She takes advantage and emotionally abuses her oldest daughter, Ginger. She also manipulates her into accepting the blame for whatever happens in the family. Because of this, Ginger, unfortunately, grows up anxious about everything. And Although, her heart is in the right place; Ginger’s obsessive worrying drives her only child away. Glory’s two other daughters, Mimi and Callie were also affected by their mother’s behavior. Mimi grew up cold and controlling and Callie, a loner. The older two sisters, Ginger and Mimi, were stunned speechless, by the immense secret that their mother chose to keep from them. Glory Tangle knew that some of her decisions were selfish, but in her mind, she was doing the best she could for her daughters. Sisters One, Two, Three is a captivating, poignant and emotional charged story with unique characters and a compelling plot. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Sisters One, Two, Three is about a dysfunctional family, the tragedy that scarred them, and how Glory Tangle’s decision changed her children’s lives for twenty-five years. This book takes the reader into the heart of a family, damaged by secrets, loss, and neglect. Glory, the mother of the Tangle family, is an interesting but unlikable character. She takes advantage and emotionally abuses her oldest daughter, Ginger. She also manipulates her into accepting the blame for whatever happens in the family. Because of this, Ginger, unfortunately, grows up anxious about everything. And Although, her heart is in the right place; Ginger’s obsessive worrying drives her only child away. Glory’s two other daughters, Mimi and Callie were also affected by their mother’s behavior. Mimi grew up cold and controlling and Callie, a loner. The older two sisters, Ginger and Mimi, were stunned speechless, by the immense secret that their mother chose to keep from them. Glory Tangle knew that some of her decisions were selfish, but in her mind, she was doing the best she could for her daughters. Sisters One, Two, Three is a captivating, poignant and emotional charged story with unique characters and a compelling plot. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Sisters One, Two, Three is about a dysfunctional family, the tragedy that scarred them, and how Glory Tangle’s decision changed her children’s lives for twenty-five years. This book takes the reader into the heart of a family, damaged by secrets, loss, and neglect. Glory, the mother of the Tangle family, is an interesting but unlikable character. She takes advantage and emotionally abuses her oldest daughter, Ginger. She also manipulates her into accepting the blame for whatever happens in the family. Because of this, Ginger, unfortunately, grows up anxious about everything. And Although, her heart is in the right place; Ginger’s obsessive worrying drives her only child away. Glory’s two other daughters, Mimi and Callie were also affected by their mother’s behavior. Mimi grew up cold and controlling and Callie, a loner. The older two sisters, Ginger and Mimi, were stunned speechless, by the immense secret that their mother chose to keep from them. Glory Tangle knew that some of her decisions were selfish, but in her mind, she was doing the best she could for her daughters. Sisters One, Two, Three is a captivating, poignant and emotional charged story with unique characters and a compelling plot. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Sisters One, Two, Three is about a dysfunctional family, the tragedy that scarred them, and how Glory Tangle’s decision changed her children’s lives for twenty-five years. This book takes the reader into the heart of a family, damaged by secrets, loss, and neglect. Glory, the mother of the Tangle family, is an interesting but unlikable character. She takes advantage and emotionally abuses her oldest daughter, Ginger. She also manipulates her into accepting the blame for whatever happens in the family. Because of this, Ginger, unfortunately, grows up anxious about everything. And Although, her heart is in the right place; Ginger’s obsessive worrying drives her only child away. Glory’s two other daughters, Mimi and Callie were also affected by their mother’s behavior. Mimi grew up cold and controlling and Callie, a loner. The older two sisters, Ginger and Mimi, were stunned speechless, by the immense secret that their mother chose to keep from them. Glory Tangle knew that some of her decisions were selfish, but in her mind, she was doing the best she could for her daughters. Sisters One, Two, Three is a captivating, poignant and emotional charged story with unique characters and a compelling plot. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Sisters One, Two, Three is about a dysfunctional family, the tragedy that scarred them, and how Glory Tangle’s decision changed her children’s lives for twenty-five years. This book takes the reader into the heart of a family, damaged by secrets, loss, and neglect. Glory, the mother of the Tangle family, is an interesting but unlikable character. She takes advantage and emotionally abuses her oldest daughter, Ginger. She also manipulates her into accepting the blame for whatever happens in the family. Because of this, Ginger, unfortunately, grows up anxious about everything. And Although, her heart is in the right place; Ginger’s obsessive worrying drives her only child away. Glory’s two other daughters, Mimi and Callie were also affected by their mother’s behavior. Mimi grew up cold and controlling and Callie, a loner. The older two sisters, Ginger and Mimi, were stunned speechless, by the immense secret that their mother chose to keep from them. Glory Tangle knew that some of her decisions were selfish, but in her mind, she was doing the best she could for her daughters. Sisters One, Two, Three is a captivating, poignant and emotional charged story with unique characters and a compelling plot. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.