The Way from Here

Harper. Mar. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780062939326. $27.99. F
This multigenerational story of family secrets by Cockram (The House of Brides) centers on two sisters: Camilla, the “good” daughter who follows the rules, and Susie, the rebel. When Susie dies suddenly, she leaves behind a series of letters instructing Camilla to scatter Susie’s ashes in the various places she visited one summer in 1998. Camilla honors her sister’s wishes even though it puts a strain on her marriage. Three generations of women in this family have skeletons in their closets, all involving another family, the Rowes. Susie met David Rowe that fateful summer in London; followed him to a tiny island in France, where she met his girlfriend Isabelle; and then met Henri and fell in love. Things ended badly, and now Susie’s letters send Camilla on a trail that has threatened to uncover things her mother and grandmother never wanted exposed. Turns out there is a lot of juicy history between the families, and all is eventually revealed.
VERDICT This somewhat convoluted story gets bogged down as it jumps between time periods but ultimately reaches a satisfying conclusion. Should appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty or Celeste Ng.
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