Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell Review

Roxanne Callahan has always been her younger sister's caretaker. Now married, her happiness is threatened when beautiful and emotionally unstable Simone, suffering from crippling postpartum depression, commits an unforgivable crime for which Roxanne comes to believe she is partially responsible. In the glare of national media attention brought on her sister, Roxanne fights to hold her marriage together as she is drawn back into the pain of her troubled past and relives the fraught relationship she and Simone shared with their narcissistic mother. At the same time, only she can help Simone's nine year old daughter, Merell, make sense of the family's tragedy. Cathartic, lyrical, and unflinchingly honest, THE GOOD SISTER is a novel of four generations of women struggling to overcome a legacy of violence, lies and secrecy, ultimately finding strength and courage in their love for each other.

About the Author:
Drusilla Campbell is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Wildwood, The Edge of Sky, and Blood Orange. Before she started school she had crossed the Pacific Ocean three times. In her twenties she lived in Europe and Central America. Today she's happy to stay at home in San Diego with her husband, the attorney and poet Art Campbell, two rescued dogs, and three horses.

With a cup of coffee in hand, I turned the last page and thought to myself...."I really loved this book in a sad and depressing way". It's really easy for me to relate to the characters in The Good Sister because I come from a huge, complex, and sometimes vengeful family. I know exactly how far a family will go to either help or on the opposite end hurt each other. I have to say that not too many books have made me cry like this one has. The characters are totally captivating in a real way. I have to give it to Drusilla Campbell for painting such a true and vivid picture on a topic that is rarely discussed.  Although this is a work of fiction, there is surely an underlying truth in which all families have their good and their bad sides. I highly recommend reading The Good Sister.  Beware though, this books should only be read by mature audiences because the subject matter can be a little intense. 

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