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The Sister

by Poppy Adams

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The Sister by Poppy Adams
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2008
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From her lookout in the crumbling mansion that was her childhood home, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to arrive. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left nearly fifty years ago; the reclusive Ginny has rarely ventured out, retreating into the precise routines that define her days, carrying on her father’s solitary work studying moths.

As the sisters revisit their shared past, they realize that their recollections differ in essential and unsettling ways. Before long, the deeply buried resentments that have shaped both their lives rise to the surface, and Vivien’s presence threatens to disrupt Ginny’s carefully ordered world.

Told in Ginny’s unforgettable voice, this subtle and chilling debut novel tells an extraordinary story of how families are capable of undoing themselves—especially in the name of love.

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"Though the lepidopterological jargon and asides can slow things down, Adams expertly captures Ginny's voice and the dynamics of a deeply troubled family as the book barrels toward its chilling conclusion." - Publishers Weekly.

"Starred Review. This chilling and disturbing novel is strongly recommended for all but the smallest public library." - Library Journal.

"Skewed perspectives can seem more farcical than chilling, but Adams keeps control in this dark, gothic debut." - Kirkus Reviews.

"A taut, tense tale of the ties that bind–sometimes a little too tightly." - Karin Slaughter.

"This lyrical and haunting story of two sisters, their troubling past, and the terrible secrets they each want buried will stay with you long after you close the book. A wonderful book loaded with twists and turns that come straight from the heart." - Harlan Coben.

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Poppy Adams has worked as a documentary filmmaker for the BBC and the Discovery Channel. She lives with her husband and three children in London, where she is working on her next book.

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