Sunday, August 16, 2009

(68) Henry's Sisters by Cathy Lamb

Henry's Sisters are three very messed up individuals. Isabelle has relationship issues and would rather have a one night stand than a second date. Her twin, Cecilia is morbidly obese with rage issues. And Janie has extreme OCD. They bear the scars of a childhood with a father that left them with their mentally ill mother. The only light in their life is Henry. Their mentally disabled little brother.

When their mother calls them home to care for Henry while she has open heart surgery, the three women come face to face with their memories and their nightmarish past. And they remember what it is like to be in the presence of their happy-go-lucky brother. He lights up the world around him. When they receive devastating news, the entire town rallies around them, all because of Henry. It is because of Henry that all three sisters finally start to heal.

Cathy Lamb wrote Henry's Sisters as if it were Isabelle's memoir. So you see and feel everything through Isabelle's eyes. Which can be extremely brutal to read at some parts. The Bommarito family did not have it easy. And there are parts of their history that are violently graphic. And Ms. Lamb does not hold back. So, be forewarned if you have a weak stomach or a fair heart. This book will rip you apart, but Oh My Goodness, it is a masterpiece work of storytelling.

I know it sounds cliche, but I laughed & I cried. I felt my chest tighten with the bad stuff and my heart sang when Henry was smiling. I look forward to hand selling this books to customers. The Readers Guide in the back of the book will make it the perfect selection for Book Clubs, but really it is a book that can be read by anybody looking for a good read.


Susie Sharp Librarian said...

This sounds interesting..Just added it to my wishlist on LT thanks!

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

You won't be disappointed!

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