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First edition.
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New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
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365, 7 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been the outsider. Single at twenty-three, she's living in a New York City rent-stabilized walk-up, a weaver finch nest of an apartment fitted out as much by serendipity as by intent: note the three-legged bedside table, her squat hand-painted pine dresser, a splotchy framed mirror, the spindled bathroom corner shelf. Her old sister, Pia-who lives in an endless house in Connecticut with her handsome, thick-haired husband, Will; her tween daughter, Emma; and a frothy, russet-colored Labradoodle named Root Beer-is altogether Muriel's opposite. Muriel eats takeout from the carton; Pia makes salads from the micro greens in her garden. Pia also takes "me" time to pray and do yoga, and she believes every word in the bible, her faith pure and unquestioning. Pia is remarkably like their mother, Lidia. So Muriel would prefer not to spend a Saturday afternoon with her sister, no doubt dispatched by Lidia to lecture her about slimming down and toning up, highlighting her hair, getting a better job, and moving into an elevator building. Only this time, is different. Distressingly so. Pia leaves Muriel without a single instruction in self-improvement and with a terrible secret she is sworn to keep"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews & More...
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2013018557
ISBN:
9780062279934 (pbk.)
0062279939 (pbk.)
9780062279934
0062279939
Other Number:
849822378
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"The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been the outsider. Single at twenty-three, she's living in a New York City rent-stabilized walk-up, a weaver finch nest of an apartment fitted out as much by serendipity as byintent: note the three-legged bedside table, her squat hand-painted pine dresser, a splotchy framed mirror, the spindled bathroom corner shelf. Her old sister, Pia-who lives in an endless house in Connecticut with her handsome, thick-haired husband, Will; her tween daughter, Emma; and a frothy, russet-colored Labradoodle named Root Beer-is altogether Muriel's opposite. Muriel eats takeout from the carton; Pia makes salads from the micro greens in her garden. Pia also takes "me" time to pray and do yoga, and she believes every word in the bible, her faith pure and unquestioning. Pia is remarkably like their mother, Lidia. So Muriel would prefer not to spend a Saturday afternoon with her sister, no doubt dispatched by Lidia to lecture her about slimming down and toning up, highlighting her hair, getting a better job, and moving into an elevator building. Only this time, is different. Distressingly so. Pia leaves Muriel without a single instruction in self-improvement and with a terrible secret she is swornto keep"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

The third child in a family that wanted only two, 23-year-old Muriel Sullivant is forced to keep yet another terrible family secret when her perfect older sister Pia comes to New York City for a visit. Original. 50,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

The third child in a family that wanted only two, twenty-three-year-old Muriel Sullivant is forced to keep yet another terrible family secret when her perfect older sister Pia comes to New York City for a visit. - (Baker & Taylor)

Mary Hogan’s powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters—opposites in every way—plus their mother and the secrets and lies that define them all.

One family, two sisters, a lifetime of secrets . . .

The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been an outsider. Short, dark-haired and round, she worships her beautiful blonde sister, Pia, and envies the close bond she shares with their mother, Lidia. Growing up in their shadow, Muriel believes that if she keeps all their secrets—and she knows plenty, outsiders always do—they will love her, too.

But that was a long time ago. Now an adult, Muriel has accepted the disappointments in her life. With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, she never will measure up to Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. Muriel would like nothing better than to avoid her judgmental family altogether. One thing she does quite well.

Until the day Pia shows up to visit and share devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell—a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways.

- (HARPERCOLL)

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One family, two sisters, a lifetime of secrets . . .

The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been an outsider. Short, dark-haired, and round, she worships her beautiful blond sister, Pia, and envies the close bond she shares with their mother, Lidia. Growing up in their shadow, Muriel believes that if she keeps all their secrets—and she knows plenty, outsiders always do—they will love her, too.

But that was a long time ago. Now an adult, Muriel has accepted the disappointments in her life. With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, she never will measure up to Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. Muriel would like nothing better than to avoid her judgmental family altogether. One thing she does quite well.

Until the day Pia shows up to visit and share devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell—a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways.

Two Sisters is a powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters—opposites in every way—as well as their mother and the secrets and lies that define them all.

- (HARPERCOLL)

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Booklist Reviews

YA novelist Hogan ventures into adult fiction with this novel about a family weighed down by festering secrets and resentments. Twenty-three-year-old Muriel Sullivant is a Broadway casting assistant in Manhattan, but she's still riddled by the same insecurities that plagued her as a child: namely, that her mother favored her older sister, Pia, over her and she'll never be the kind of sister that glamorous, elegant Pia wanted. Her life in her small city apartment couldn't be more different than Pia's existence in Connecticut with her adoring husband and daughter. When Pia calls Muriel out of the blue and wants to visit her, Muriel dreads it, expecting only judgment and disappointment. But when Pia arrives, her behavior is decidedly out of character, and Muriel finally learns why: Pia has been stricken with metastatic breast cancer. Pia implores Muriel to keep her diagnosis from their mother, and Muriel reluctantly consents, not anticipating the fallout that will lead to the revelation of even more family secrets. Book clubs will find much to discuss in this fraught, fascinating family drama. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

Muriel Sullivant has always been a disappointment to her family. The youngest of three children, she can't compete with sister Pia, especially when it comes to their mother's love. Pia is everything Muriel isn't: thin, beautiful, married, religious. A 23-year-old casting assistant in New York, Muriel tries to avoid her family. She's successful until Pia pops by and confesses an awful secret. She has cancer and forbids Muriel to tell their mother. Muriel's a pro when it comes to keeping family secrets, but eventually their mother finds out the truth, turning Muriel's already ugly relationship with her even uglier. Making her adult fiction debut, Hogan, the author of seven YA novels, shows such insight into how cancer affects not only the patient but the family as well that it's not surprising to discover she has personal experience with the disease. Although the slow pacing in the novel's first half is troublesome and the alternating points of view can be jarring, ultimately this is a hopeful novel with some genuinely surprising moments; even the rushed ending manages to satisfy. VERDICT Readers touched by cancer and book clubs that enjoy discussing family issues may find this title particularly appealing.—Amy Stenftenagel, Washington Cty. Lib. Syst., Forest Lake, MN

[Page 117]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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