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About the Author

Ann Pearlman, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Nominee, is the author of Infidelity: A Memoir, The Christmas Cookie Club, and The Christmas Cookie Cookbook. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439159491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439159491
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,453,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Pearlman has been passionate about writing since the eighth grade. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Nominee and bestselling writer, she's the author ten books, fiction, nonfiction, memoir and illustrated stories. Her series, The Christmas Cookie Club has been internationally translated and a bestseller. A Gift for My Sister, the second in the series, won a prize for best fiction in 2014. Her most recent novel, The Lottery, the third in the trilogy, follows the adventures of the cookie club ladies when they play the lottery. It's a fantasy for many of us. What secrets are revealed? What changes does this make?
When not writing or making art, she cooks, works out, and hangs out with family and friends. She lives in a forest near Ann Arbor, Michigan. Check out annpearlman.net to learn more.

Customer Reviews

I won't give too much away, no spoilers here.
You will need to read the book to actually learn what "the gift" is because I think I have already shared more than enough with you!
Phaedra C Seabolt
It is a story about sisters and family, loss and abandonment, love and most of all forgiveness.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chels on June 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Half sisters, Tara and Sky, lead totally different lives, seem to have totally different personalities; yet, when Sky goes through heartbreaking loss, it is Tara who supports her and helps her to heal. Traveling through many states, stopping so Tara's band can play their concerts, Sky experiences the prejudice that Tara and her partner/lover experience in racially charged circumstances.

Sky, first born, has always resented her sister. After the death of her father, Sky and her mother were fine, but her mother missed a man in her life....and quickly, too quickly married again. When Tara was born, she seemed to always be angry, different, and difficult. Their lives didn't grow apart; there was never any closeness. Pearlman's story of a tragedy which results in forced togetherness leads to angry recriminations and acts of understanding and kindness.

At first, it was hard for me to understand Tara's life, living and working in what seemed to be a wildly different culture. But, once you understand Tara's loves and fears....once you see the steady love of Aaron, her life doesn't seem like it's lived strictly to rebel and be different. Sky's job, friends, and life with her husband are more like mine. The sadness of Sky's life seems unlikely; yet, unfortunately, I've experienced some of the same heartbreak. I liked the sentiment that you should "love regardless, not to the destruction of yourself, but in spite of yourself". However, even though I can relate to situations and characters in the book, the story just had too much death...and Tara's life was just too different for me to really relate to them.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Jones on May 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How strong is a bond between sisters, even if they are only half sisters? I think through this book you find that sharing a mom is a bond that can overcome almost anything. Tara and Sky are half sisters who have lived through quite a few disappointments in each of their lives, but they don't realize what emotions each sister has had to live through until a true tragedy hits and they are on a road trip of sorts.

Being a sister this book hit real close to my heart. Although my sister and I have not faced the level of personal struggle that these characters have, I saw in them the difference that sisters can be affected by the same situation.

Ann Pearlman does a magnificent job of switching between the two characters to show the full story, at one point the characters describe the same fight and how intriguing to see how each one "heard" the fight. The descriptions of feelings, people and places were just spot on, it made me feel like I could really see it, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it at all.

A sweet companion novel to The Christmas Cookie Club. It was great to see a larger story come out of a book that I loved so much that I plan on rereading during the holidays again this year.
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By Condygurl on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was a tumultuous ride for me. The book starts out with Sky waking because she can't sleep past a certain time due to the death of her best friend Mia. This awoke cords in me because I too wake at a certain time every morning due to deaths. I kept reading and my world just went topsy, turvy. Sky had lost 3 pregnancies, I too had lost 3 twin pregnancies in the span of one year and I knew the heart felt pain that losing those pregnancies cost me, so right away I was sucked kicking and screaming into Sky's life. Then to make matters worse her husband has this boil on his back and winds up sick. My husband luckily only had the flu but I had to put the book down and go "oh no, this is so not happening." Once my darling husband was well again and I lived thru the ridicule of him saying Chris it's just a book it is NOT your life, I continued bravely on. Only to once again put the book down while practically in tears saying I wouldn't want to live if this happened to me. So without going into more detail than that, because I truly don't want to give the story away, I will say this READ THIS BOOK!

We have two sisters who are diametrically opposed on pretty much everything. Sky is the "perfect child" at least in Tara's eyes. Tara meanwhile is the hellion, the one who needs no one. But BOTH girls have scars that run so deep inside them from their own childhood. Sky's father passed away suddenly when she was just a child, her mother remarried (the wrong man), Tara was born and almost immediately Tara's father was out of the picture, because he was a cheat. Tara winds up being the strong one in this book, the one who helps her sister deal with all the tragedies that have been thrown in her path.
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Format: Hardcover
A Gift For My Sister opens with Sky, a lawyer, as a little girl reminiscing about her childhood and losing her father at the tender age of seven and has to walk the life path pretending it did not shatter her world, for everyone around her treated her as a disease and she is contagious.

The character Sky deeply grieving in her sorrow thinks of her father, his sudden death and like a windy storm her life's path was changed with surprises and personal trials.

First she had to accept a step sister who replaced her only child status away in momma's heart she became lost and she was left to fend for herself. She is travelling through life as a discarded broken vessel which leads her to make impulsive choices. Such as a love affair at a tender age, of eight grade and become a young mother to sweet Rachael too early in her life. And has a child born out of commitment to the only refugee holding her safe in the blowing unpredictable winds of her life, her man Tory.

Another personal storms lashing at Sky to add to the sorrowful agony she has experienced, she loses her BFF, Mia to an unexpected death and the storms keep pouring as other tragedies occurred which were so painful and soul searing this reader used a box of Kleenex to finished the tumult and haunting story of the two sisters finding themselves in the midst of obstacles on the path of traveling life and reminiscing with elegant pose about their past to present and what the futures holds..
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