The Almost Sisters

The Almost Sisters

Large Print - 2017
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Leia Birch Briggs heads home to Alabama to help her family manage her grandmother Birchie's descent into dementia, her stepsister Rachel's crumbling marriage, and her own upcoming single motherhood, when a long-kept family secret finally comes to light.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: Large print ed.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062670847
0062670840
Branch Call Number: JACKSON J LP
Characteristics: large print
497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Oct 13, 2017

While this book had its moments, it was too disjointed. Leia is an unexpectedly pregnant, 38 year old comic book creator. It’s frustrating that she doesn’t even seem to have any idea what the heroes that she created are or represent. How is she successful if she doesn’t seem to understand her own creations? The mystery about her family’s decades long secret is not handled well. The book seems to want to say something important about race and Southern history, but in the end it’s all brushed aside to showcase quirky old ladies. The best part of the book is the complex relationship between Leia and her step-sister Rachel. Both of them feel a lot of resentment towards each other, but they also show how much they are willing to do for each other.

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ailenemc
Oct 04, 2017

Couldn't finish the book - likeable people making bad decisions....

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eandtheboys
Sep 27, 2017

Joshilyn Jackson has written another wonderful book. I am not a "Nerd" but I loved the references to comic super heroes and the story Leia told with her comic V in V. I also appreciate how it ended, sometimes the end can feel abrupt, but this felt soft, giving us enough of the future to see how we would want it to continue... "You don't see it, but next happens anyway and always. With or without you."

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laphampeak
Sep 07, 2017

A story about an unmarried pregnant woman, with a Southern crew of a family, may not seem to be a gripping novel. Add that the woman had a one nighter with a Batman bedecked fellow Comic Con event attendee, who happens to be of another race, in a segregated style family, and whose grandmother developed an Alzheimers-like disease and reveals a crime of the past,
along with a few other family dysfunctions....... and you have a sure fired ride in this novel.

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