The Almost Sisters

Morrow. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780062105714. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062105738. F
OrangeReviewStarLeia, a self-proclaimed superhero-comics dork, narrates this light-dark Southern story of family, race, and belonging with affection, humor, and well-timed profanity, bound to please fans of the best-selling author's six previous novels (e.g., The Opposite of Everyone). The story opens with Leia's realization that she—a 38-year-old white woman in the male-dominated world of comic books—is pregnant after a one-night stand at a convention with a black fan of her work. Disruption continues when her stepsister's perfect life and her feisty 90-year-old grandmother's independent one break down in quick succession. To help, Leia takes her teen niece to Birchville, AL, where she spent childhood summers and where all (small-town) hell is about to break loose.
VERDICT Both literary and women's fiction readers will appreciate Leia's smart/sassy narrative. Book clubs will find much to talk about in this multigenerational, Southern tale of sisters, friendship, and small-town life, including the author's signature quirky characters and deft touch with serious topics such as aging, race, and cultural identity. [See Prepub Alert, 1/18/17.]

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