The Wright Sister

Harper Perennial. Aug. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780062993113. pap. $16.99. F
Dann’s (Mermaids) new book follows Katharine Wright, sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who finally marries at 52 and leaves Ohio for Kansas City, MO, where her husband is a reporter for the local newspaper. This move and marriage shatter her relationship with her brother, yet she still chooses to begin a one-way correspondence with Orville. Well educated, sociable, a suffragist, and a feminist, Katharine begins to blossom in her new world. But she can’t help worrying about the life and people she left behind and the secrets that are still haunting her family. Dann focuses on the quiet evolution of a woman as told entirely through her letters to her brother Orv and her personal “marriage diary.” Although it is set in the 1920s, there is very little in-depth historical detail within the narrative. Rather, it is entirely character-driven and is all about Katharine—her relationships, her sexuality, her views of the world, and her actions and thoughts.
VERDICT Readers who adore the epistolary format or love character-driven stories with little action will want to put this on their to-read list.

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