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A Gift for My Sister: A Novel Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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*
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.
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.Read more ›
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..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ann Pearlman does a wonderful job in defining the relationship issues between sisters. I could relate to her story time after time. Good read.Published on February 5, 2014 by Kindle reader Anne
I bought this book because the author is a cousin to my friend from Switzerland. I enjoyed reading it and seeing the 2 sisters.Published on January 21, 2013 by Carole L. Neiberg
Ok what can I say about this book? I was expecting something totally different. I hadn't read the synopsis (which I do quite frequently, I like being surprised) so I was going by... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Mary
This story had some truly touching moments, especially when the big tragedy struck the family. The worries and concerns of the sisters were feasible and believable, something... Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Samantha Jean
I liked this story, I don't have any sisters but I can understand the sibling rivalry. Tara and Sky both assume that their mother gives more attention to the other. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Latoya
I received this book as an ARC.
A Gift For My Sister is a story about tragedy, family, and overcoming the odds. Read more
Sky and Tara are half-sisters who share the same mother. The difference in their age and their individual personalities make them seem like anything but sisters. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by b00k r3vi3ws
A Gift for My Sister: A Novel
i enjoyed this book because of the deep connections of the sisters. I can relate to the two sisters on a intimate level. Read more
A Gift for My Sister leaves you emotionally raw and rips your heart to shreds...before putting it back together in such a way that you know you'll never be the same again. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Jennifer