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‘Waiting on’ Wednesday ~ January 21st

January 21, 2009

Jill at Breaking the Spine hosts Waiting on Wednesday. My selection last week was Kristin Hannah’s True Colors so in keeping with the theme of women’s fiction this week I’ve selected the newest from another of my favorite authors. This week’s pre-publication ‘can’t-wait-to-read’ selection is:

whilemysistersleepsTitle: While My Sister Sleeps
Author: Barbara Delinsky
Publication date: February ’09
Women’s fiction

From Fantastic Fiction:
Molly and Robin Snow are sisters in the prime of their lives. So when Molly learns that Robin – an Olympic athlete and the favorite child – has suffered a massive heart attack, the news couldn’t be more shocking. At the hospital, the Snow family receives a grim prognosis: Robin may never regain consciousness.

Feelings of guilt and jealousy flare up as Robin’s family struggles to cope and their relationships are put to the ultimate test. It’s up to Molly to make the tough decisions, and she soon makes discoveries that destroy some of her most cherished beliefs about the sister she thought she knew.

Once again Delinsky brings us a masterful family portrait, filled with thought-provoking ideas about the nature of life itself, how emotions affect the decisions we make, and how letting go can be the hardest thing to do and the greatest expression of love all at the same time.


From Ms. Delinsky’s web site:

At 27, Molly Snow is the youngest of three siblings. Feisty but hard-working, she has always been overshadowed by her older sister, Robin, an elite marathoner who is favored to shine at the upcoming Olympic trials. When Robin suffers a heart attack during a training run and fails to regain consciousness, her family is devastated.

As Molly’s parents fold under the heartbreak and her brother retreats into the cool reserve that is threatening his marriage, Molly is the one left standing. By default, she is thrust into the role of family spokesperson, not only with friends and the media, but at Snow Hill, the family’s hugely successful tree and plant nursery. More crucially, Molly becomes her sister’s voice when Robin can’ t speak for herself. In the process, she finds her own voice.

While My Sister Sleeps is more than a coming-of-age story. Taking place over six days, this novel explores a family in crisis, peeling away layers of relationships to expose one startling truth after another. Mother to daughter, sister to sister – it is a story of rising to a challenge and making hard decisions, then loving enough to let go

  1. January 21, 2009 6:10 am

    I think this book looks like a good one, too.

  2. January 21, 2009 9:35 am

    This does sound like a good book. I always like books dealing with families in crisis and the emotions they always bring about.

  3. January 22, 2009 9:44 am

    The was immediately drawn to the title. Now after reading the review, as well as Ms. Delinsky’s synopsis, I have added it to my list for 2009.

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