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by Cathy Lamb

This is a story about a family that's fallen apart and ends up being put back together again. It's about a Queen Anne house, a bakery, a motorcycle, an amusing divorce, burning bras, a crime writer, love, fear, giant cupcakes, a lost father, and a disastrous childhood partially spent living in a car.
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ISBN: 0749007877
ISBN13: 978-0749007874
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Cathy Lamb
Language: English
Publisher: Allison & Busby; UK ed. edition (April 5, 2010)
Pages: 512 pages
ePUB size: 1792 kb
FB2 size: 1782 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 219
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Cathy Lamb’s gift is going below the surface, investigating her characters, and then reminding the reader that yes, they all belong to the same family. She is gutsy, writes about real trauma – the kind that hurts more than you could imagine, but you’ve been trained to believe that it must be your fault and you shouldn’t call attention to yourself. Accomplished musicians, authors, artists, may seem to have everything …. until you walk in their path for a while.

Isabelle has a dangerous sexual obsession. Janie – the best selling author, is the perfect OCD girl, but you feel for her because she’s so smart and so child-like at the same time. Catherine overeats, but that is only the surface issue. When the sisters are commanded home by their manipulative mother, they scurry back to the place they ‘d moved heaven and hell to escape. Grandma lives with them and her dementia, and her wish to make nice seems unreal, because it is.

Every time I read Cathy Lamb, I learn more about myself, more about how women interact, and how we make choices – sometimes impulsively, because of some inner need or desire to be accepted by Mom, who never did like us much. No spoilers here, but when I finished the book, I had to go to bed for a day. I felt as if my family had been turned inside out by the novel. not because we are so like the Bommaritos, but because we never talked about our issues. True to form, every book is a surprise, a challenge, and between the laughter and sometimes tears, I learn more about life, and thanks to Cathy Lamb, I want to live more fully. It is a must read!

P.S. People who believe this is just too much sadness in one book ought to look around at what some of their friends are dealing with … together even if they can’t get along, feeding each one so they don’t fall apart… hugging one another because there is a special quality in their hugs.
This was the first time I've read anything by this author. I enjoyed her character development and storytelling ability immensely, at times feeling as though her characters were reminiscent of some from some of the "greats" like Garp and Prince of Tides, BUT I agree with other readers who say that this author introduces a few too many crises in to the storyline, taking the whole thing in to the realm of ridiculousness, and it isn't needed because her characters and their development stand on their own. This book would have been great without the extra incident that happens to Isabel at her apartment during an impromptu weekend break and a somewhat less drastic crisis with Henry.

Also, I felt that there were a few things introduced, such as an illness and a life-altering event that happened to Isabel during her photojournalism career, among other things with other characters, and those are never adequately explained or followed through on. Had the author followed through on this rather than introduce a new one, the story would have held together fine and seemed more believable in the bargain.

Read the book, but be prepared for some suspension of disbelief in the process.
I have not quite finished this book but I am writing my review now, because I have something important to say. I read ALL of Cathy Lamb's books. I am working my way through them and will when done, will wait for the next one with great anticipation. Even if her story does not hook me right away, this one took nearly 1/3 of the way to get to me (I don't have sisters) she "got me" for sure. Her characters are kind of outrageous and probably would not exist "as is" in real life. But, they always have a message and it Always hits my heart. I learn something about myself every time I read one of her books.
Henry is the heart of the Bommarito family. During their early childhood, River, the mother, often sank into a deep depression that felled her for days and weeks; her daughters, Cecilia, Isabelle, and Janie tried to manage. Caring for themselves, each other, and mostly for Henry--who is mentally challenged and often needs their assistance, as well as their protection.

Cecilia and Isabelle are fraternal twins, but they often feel each other's anger, pain, and sadness. Janie copes by counting, checking, and isolating herself; she also writes bestselling crime novels. Isabelle is a well-known photographer, now sidelined from that career due to the horror she has witnessed in troubled parts of the world and a secret pain she keeps to herself. She also deals with certain aspects of her history by "sleeping around." Cecilia is the one who remained close to home, but copes by overeating and lashing out at those around her.

When River requires surgery, Isabelle and Janie come home to Trillium River, the small Oregon village where their grandmother has a house, and where River has been living for several years. They are needed to help care for Henry and their grandmother, who believes she is Amelia Earhart.

Coming home brings many of the childhood memories to the forefront, and as each of Henry's sisters tries to deal with their mother and each other, they experience all over again the troubled and painful life brought about by their mother's neglect, frequent verbal abuse, and the abandonment by their father.

Henry's Sisters is narrated in the first-person voice of Isabelle, but we soon come to understand and know each of the sisters and feel their emotional connections; despite their pain and anger, sometimes directed at one another, they clearly love and need each other.

So when one crisis after another challenges them, what will they do to get through? How will the family bakery begin to inspire their creativity and feed their souls? And when an unexpected reappearance from the past brings up unwelcome feelings, how will they cope?

As one final sad blow brandishes its fierceness, bringing out the best and worst in them, what will ultimately remind them again of the strength of their love for one another?

I enjoyed meeting and connecting with the characters in this book, all flawed, somewhat quirky, and totally human. I was sad to close the final page on this family. I could relate to aspects in each of them, but felt especially connected to Isabelle, trying to make a life on her terms, even as she struggled with the demons of her past. Five stars.