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An enchanting and compelling take on human relationships,
This review is from: Bufflehead Sisters (Paperback)From their childhood years through to their adulthood, the two girls who are centre stage in this enchanting story take the reader through a whole host of human emotions. The story is told through the eyes of Janet, a girl denied a biological sibling, and who dreams of having a sister. Fate brings her Sophie, an intriguing child with inexplicable powers of perception and foresight, and a disturbed family background, and soon the girls' lives are inextricably linked.
Their characters, if not their deep-seated love for each other, diverge as they grow older. Janet, with her Catholic upbringing, remains demure, while Sophie runs amok with her voracious sexual appetite and her cavalier attitude towards life. This sparks friction between the girls and within Janet's family. Her supposedly upstanding pious father and her intolerant mother shun Sophie, discouraging Janet from any involvement with her. Sophie's outrageous behaviour culminates in betrayal, which threatens to destroy the girls' relationship.
Amidst love, lust, envy, anger, passion and resentment, forgiveness and compassion ultimately prevail, and the reader is felt with many wonderful memories and much to think about long after the book has finally been put down. Janet's narrative voice is perfectly balanced throughout; she entertains the reader with her razor-sharp and amusing observations, most memorably of the adult behaviour she observes as a child. This is a beautifully written and skilfully constructed page-turner.