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Snow day reading

8 Dec

Ok, so maybe it is more like an anticipated freezing rain day. In any case, I get a day at home. Apparently I am on the every other day plan this week, having taken Tuesday off to see the orthopedist. He told me I don’t need surgery, which I’d hoped to hear and suspected, and,  to stop babying my knee. I sort of knew that, too.

While sitting in the waiting room, I started reading the first of the 2017 Morris Award books that I have yet to read.


Publisher’s Summary:Three sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a darkness settling over their lives in this masterfully written debut novel.

There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters: gorgeous and foul-mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best-loved, Marie. Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments.

Vanessa is the middle child, a talented pianist who is trying to hold her family together despite the painful loss that they all know is inevitable. As she and her sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal…

Right from the get go, Devlin had me because Vanessa’s older sister is named Adrienne, and I rarely see my own name in a book.

Though not very far into the book, I can see by the writing why the committee selected this as a finalist. The prose is very well-written and the characters, even the minor ones, are well-developed. I plan to spend much of my day off work with this beauty.

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