Title: The Language of Sisters
Author: Amy Hatvany
Genre/Audience: Women’s fiction, contemporary, adult
Publication: 2002, NAL / 2012, Washington Square Press
Source: For review
Review by Kim
Summary: Ten years ago, Nicole Hunter left her troubled home behind her, unable to cope with the demands of a life with her disabled sister, Jenny. Then, something horrible and unthinkable happens, and she is forced to return home to deal with the situation. Reunited with her family, she has to confront the guilt that haunts her for abandoning her sister and decide if she can become the sister she wishes she had been.
My Thoughts: This was a really sweet, sometimes sad story. Nicole is a very sympathetic character and you can understand why she left home and also why she feels she has to stay. I feel it was a very real representation of how hard it is to deal with a family member who is totally disabled and the sheer exhaustion of it, even though you love them. She is so torn by wanting to live her own life, yet feeling guilty about not doing more for her sister. Very thought provoking and a definite must read. Amy Hatvany is the author of three other novels that I am definitely looking forward to reading now! I highly recommend this one!
My Rating: 5/5