Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sister Wife

Sister Wife
by Shelley Hrdlitschka
176 Pages

Review: Through the narrative of three girls, Sister Wife tells the story of growing up in a polygamous community. Celeste finds herself questioning her faith and falling for a young boy named Jon. Taviana, an outsider brought into the community and then exiled, must decide who she really is and Nanette, who believes so strongly in the community, must come to terms with her sister’s inappropriate behaviour.

Summary: I really enjoyed this book. I have read several stories based on utopian societies, usually about Mormons, and they all are usually about the mother trying to leave with her kids. I appreciated having the different voices giving light to the various sides, and it being about young girls not yet married. Nannette was an especially interesting character because she truly believed in the community and could not comprehend her sister’s behaviour. What I did not like, however, was the ending. It really annoys me when books are not evenly paced and the ending comes abruptly. In this case the reader was left with what could have been a very interesting chunk of the story missing. However, overall I would strongly recommend this book to a wide audience.

Other books by Shelly Hrdlitschka: Dancing Naked and Gotcha!

If you liked Sister Wife you might also enjoy: Redemption by Julie Chibbaro, Full Service by Will Weaver, The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams and Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Rating: 3Q 4P MJ


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