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Sisters One, Two, Three by [Star, Nancy]
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From the Editor

When I was growing up, my parents’ most common refrain was ‘Go outside.’ Which really meant ‘Leave us alone for heaven’s sake.’ Their child-rearing philosophy could easily be called ‘benign neglect’. This sort of parenting wasn’t uncommon in the freewheeling ‘me’ decade, otherwise known as the 1970s, and I immediately recognized it in Sisters One, Two, Three—it’s what pulled me right into the heart of the book.

When we first meet the Tangle family, we see four children left to their own devices. Their father is a sweet, well-meaning man, but it’s Glory, their unpredictable mother, who spins at the family’s centre. She’s imperious, bossy, a bit dotty and truly one of the most aggravating, yet forgivable, characters I’ve ever met. Glory is completely preoccupied with dreams of some day becoming a famous actress, and it’s this self-absorption that sets in motion a terrible tragedy.

The sisters spend the next four decades trying to make sense of the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. Meanwhile, Glory tries to make up for what happened without ever admitting any wrongdoing. Secrets, denial and forgiveness intertwine, begging the questions: what happens if you hold on to your children too tightly? And what happens if you loosen that hold too soon?

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor


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“Delightful, heart-wrenching, and honest, this book is a lovely examination of memory, the past, and how, despite flaws, the strength of family ties remains throughout years of tumult and misunderstanding.” Publishers Weekly

“An emotionally gripping portrait of a family’s secrets and confessions…Star brings all the members of the Tangle clan to life—these are multifaceted, complex characters with remarkable depth and nuance. Readers will enjoy seeing childhood quirks resurface in the Tangle adults, and fans of Jamie Brenner and Elizabeth Kelly will adore this compelling multigenerational story.” Booklist

“All too often when books jump between past and present, the result is confusion. Here, it’s illumination as Star smartly shows us who these characters were as girls and why they became the women they are.” —NJ.com

“A consistently compelling and entertaining read from cover to cover, Sisters One, Two, Three clearly showcases author Nancy Star's genuine flair for deftly created characters and original storytelling.” Midwest Book Review

“Heartbreaking and beautiful…” Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

“Witty, compelling, and wise, Sisters One, Two, Three is the kind of novel I always crave but rarely find. Glory Tangle's relationship with her children, both as kids and as grown ups, is as real as it gets. She's a fantastic character, a match for the surprises to be found in the perfectly evoked island setting of Martha's Vineyard. I really loved each of the three sisters, too, and was very nervous for all of them! Nancy Star, thank you so much for the hours I spent in these pages.” —Alice Elliott Dark, author of In The Gloaming and Think of England

“Nancy Star’s gripping novel of mothers and daughters and sisters shows us how we can never escape our families—and why that may be our salvation. Full of surprising twists and deep emotional insights, Sisters One, Two, Three will keep you glued to your beach chair, casting worried glances at those little clouds threatening to gather into a storm. This book will transform the way you see your own family's past and its future along with the way you experience the power of now.” —Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Younger

“What is it that fascinates us about the bonds between sisters? There have been many great stories about that special bond and this is no exception. Enter the Tangle sisters, held together by love, common experience, and a web of secrets. From cautious Ginger, to adventurous Callie, to busy bee Mimi, you won’t be able to help seeing yourself in this family, the things that pull it apart and ultimately tie it back together. Set some time aside to read this gem; you won’t regret it.” —Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Fractured

About the Author

Nancy Star is the author of four previous novels: Carpool Diem, Up Next, Now This, and Buried Lives. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Family Circle, Diversion magazine, and on the web. Before embarking on her writing career, Nancy worked for more than a decade as a movie executive in the film business, dividing her time between New York and London. She has two grown daughters and a son-in-law and now lives in New Jersey with her husband.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2874 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 Jan. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D2ZNXX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An unusual tale of siblings and grief with a mother who you don't know whether to like or loath. It took a while to grasp my attention but once it did I couldn't put it down,desperate to know how the sisters resolved their past.
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I struggled to complete this book as it didn't appear to have any depth or even any reason. I was determined to read to the end but it didn't improve. The story, or lack of it, held no mystery, no twists. It never made me want to read more. I feel it was a complete waste of my time.
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A wonderful albeit sad story. Initial feelings of a slightly kooky but controlling mother are explained towards the end. The sad bit is knowing how the children missed out on so much due to questionable parenting.
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5 stars because this book kept me Hooked right from the start, and gripped me tighter as it progressed. I desperately wanted to know what happened and understand how such a dysfunctional family kept functioning?
I loved the twists and how they were delivered, the Tangle family was certainly tangled, or should that be mangled? Loved it!
The character were believable, and the main character, Ginger, was beautifully woven, so many layers to her, that the more I learnt about her, the more I admired her.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is from a family with any kind of disfunction, so anyone really, anyone at all. I think everyone could relate to this story, unless you have lived a very sheltered, perfect life.
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Very poignant, honest and beautifully written. Recognising how behaviour in days gone by influences how children turn out in later life but also how, as adults, they can unlearn behavioural patterns if they want to.
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This is the story of a family .. mother, father and four offspring. Not a perfect family by any means, but a real family with all the ups, downs and idiosyncracies which we can all identify within our own four walls but which outsiders wouldn't recognise. What really makes this tale special is the family secrets, the depth of which are beyond imagination.
Ginger is the eldest and, as often happens, spends her time being responsible for the others - trying to gauge her mother's current mood and ensure the children behave in the least upsetting way. This novel covers from childhood to when they are adults, all grown up with their own families.
The Tangle family secrets are intermingled with tragedy. Details are revealed which are as surprising to the characters as to the reader in a wonderfully woven tale of honesty about life and families.
This is a well written and absorbing novel, thoroughly enjoyable both through tears of laughter and sadness and it is one read which will stay with me for some time to come. I have no hesitation in recommending to everyone who enjoys a good book.

I received an arc via Net Galley for my honest and unbiased review.
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This is not the normal type of book that I choose, but I was very surprised. I really enjoyed it, expertly written and keeps the reader interested by alternating between past and present until the two worlds meet near to the end. Great read for any reader.
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emotionally poignant and beautifully conveyed, a story about a family that were torn apart and then found each other again
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