When tragedy strikes in the lives of two young girls, claiming the life of their father, envy takes hold. Childhood memories fade, and spite replaces the once immovable bond between Matilda and her sister, Charlotte, as the years go by. One settles for a traditional life with her husband and kids, burying the punishment and shame of her past, while the other cultivates a cWhen tragedy strikes in the lives of two young girls, claiming the life of their father, envy takes hold. Childhood memories fade, and spite replaces the once immovable bond between Matilda and her sister, Charlotte, as the years go by. One settles for a traditional life with her husband and kids, burying the punishment and shame of her past, while the other cultivates a career set in the early days of feminism, pursuing work as a nurse during the birth of World War II. Both spend their days reveling in a facade of happiness, but after reality strips away their youth and they face the onset of another era, they are left with tainted wounds that may never heal. Can they set aside their differences and renew their relationship, or will their pride once again stand in the way?...
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Because this specific genre isn’t my cup of tea, I found this piece to be weaker than some of Shaw’s previous works. Don’t get me wrong: the characters are lively. They have strong personalities and I especially love their likability, both as a unit and as individuals. However, I really failed to see much of a conflict in the story. The summary paints for the reader this idea of jealousy and a ruined relationship that requires mending even after all these years, but from how the story is laid out, it sounds like the the conflict has already been resolved. Families fight. Families suffer. They hurt and they hold onto that hurt. Shaw does a wonderful job at giving us peeks into the relationships the sisters have with others — but I found there was a lack of exploration between the sisters themselves. There were plenty of parallels between the time periods, but as far as growth and development and fixing the broken pieces? I didn’t see where the summary and the execution of the work lined up.
This quick read was both mysterious and beautiful! Not only did it show the evolution of a sisterly relationship, but it brought about a family aspect that is often overlooked in modern books. The author does an incredible job of bringing so many elements to life in such a short amount of time. My only wish is that I had more to read about these sisters, who seem to have been through so much together and apart.
A short story must read. The beauty of a short story is the word economy. They are written for impact, and one misplaced word can lose your reader. Sisters gets it right, and is captivating.
Very short but with a deep emotional punch. I could have easily read triple the pages on these sisters.