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Sisters

by Johnson, Daisy, 1990-

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
"Daisy Johnson is the demon offspring of Shirley Jackson and Stephen King." -- The Observer

"Builds a gothic plot to an artful and shocking climax."-- The New York Times

"Ends with a magnificent twist." -- The Boston Globe

From a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out.

"One of her generation's most intriguing authors" ( Entertainment Weekly ), Daisy Johnson is the youngest writer to have been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Now she returns with Sisters , a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins.

Born just ten months apart, July and September are thick as thieves, never needing anyone but each other. Now, following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long-abandoned family home near the shore. In their new, isolated life, July finds that the deep bond she has always shared with September is shifting in ways she cannot entirely understand. A creeping sense of dread and unease descends inside the house. Meanwhile, outside, the sisters push boundaries of behavior--until a series of shocking encounters tests the limits of their shared experience, and forces shocking revelations about the girls' past and future.

Written with radically inventive language and imagery by an author whose work has been described as "entrancing" ( The New Yorker ), "a force of nature" ( The New York Times Book Review ), and "weird and wild and wonderfully unsettling" (Celeste Ng), Sisters is a one-two punch of wild fury and heartache--a taut, powerful, and deeply moving account of sibling love and what happens when two sisters must face each other's darkest impulses.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Their teachers say the two girls are isolated, uninterested, conjoined, young for their age, sometimes moved to great cruelty. The two are teenage sisters, September and July, so close they often share thoughts, which pass through the skin like an electric current. September is the older by 10 months and always the ringleader. Their favorite game when they were young was called September Says, in which July had to do whatever September told her to do. When readers meet the two, something terrible has happened at their school in Oxford, something so traumatic that July cannot remember it, although it is the reason they have left Oxford to move into a dilapidated family house near the sea on the side of the North York Moors. Their depressive mother, a children's picture-book author and illustrator, has always known that houses are bodies, and this house into which they're moving is the house where September was born. Johnson's character-driven novel is told, in part, in July's first-person voice, and, in part, from the third-person viewpoint of their mother, Sheela. Their relentlessly dark, very interior stories move backward and forward in time and, as the novel proceeds, become ever more fevered and seemingly, almost suffocatingly, unmoored from reality. The story is beautifully written, the characters expertly drawn, as is the setting, the house becoming a character in itself. A memorable and haunting novel."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Johnson (Everything Under) returns with a well-crafted, consistently surprising psychological thriller. September and July are teenage sisters, born 10 months apart. After an incident at their Oxford school, its dark details hinted at as the story unfolds, their mother, Sheela, whisks them away to the dilapidated house where September was born, on the desolate coast of the North York Moors, and holes up in her room, ill-advisedly leaving July at the mercy of her sister. September bullies, intimidates, and cruelly manipulates the passive, compliant July, daring her to perform increasingly dangerous acts in the form of games like "September Says." September taunts a man who comes to set up their internet, and when the girls get online, they seduce men on dating sites and pretend to have entrapped them as part of a police sting. Sheela, meanwhile, writes and illustrates children's picture books, and her deep depression contributes to her neglectful parenting ("I will always love you, she says. And if you need me you come get me. But I need some time," July narrates). The sisters share an eerie, symbiotic relationship; they seem at times to share a single consciousness, and even a single body. In achingly lyrical prose, Johnson employs alternating narratives, divulging and withholding information by turns, keeping the reader unsure of what to believe. When the revelations hit, they are intensely powerful. Readers of classic gothic fiction will find a contemporary master of the craft here. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sisters -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Social isolation -- Fiction.
Bullying -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2020
Language English
Description 210 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780593188958
0593188950
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