Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Orphan Sister by Gwendolen Gross

Clementine is a triplet, but she’s always been an outsider. Her two other sisters are identical to each other – identical twins in a set of triplets. She looks differently than they do. Even their names (Olivia, Odette, and Clementine) set them apart. But she’s had most of her life to deal with that; it’s something else that’s causing family drama. Her father – their father – is missing and doesn’t want to be found. Only one of the girls knows where he is, and she’s very reluctant to tell. With the truth comes spilling out, decades of lies and betrayal will come with it.

I was immediately intrigued by the concept of triplets with two identical sisters and one fraternal sister. How could she not struggle her identity at least in some way? Clementine’s life, though, was also defined by so many other people: her father, her college boyfriend, her mother, her best friend. The chapters alternated between the current drama in Clementine’s family and memories of her life from childhood to the present. Information was parceled out in bits, just as the fictional characters parceled out their own stories. I really liked this book. I finished it in one sitting because I had to know what happened next. I expected it to be a story about one person – Clementine – but instead I think it’s more a story of a family at the point where they stop being a single family and start being many separate linked families.

I received a review copy from the Simon and Schuster Galley Grab.

See more at Gwendolen Gross' website and don't miss The Other Sister's website and the information at Simon & Schuster.

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Read it with:
The Other Mother by Gwendolen Gross
The Adults by Alison Espach
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Girls by Lori Lansens

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