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Product Details

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060831391
  • ASIN: B001G8WTPE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,885,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rodgers's somber novel (following her memoir Bald in the Land of Big Hair), weaves a tapestry of three Houston women's lives, each touched by bereavement. Pia, a high-powered career woman and mother of grown twin sons, unravels after the unexpected death of her husband, Edgar, on the night of December 31, 2000. Though she remarries a few years later, she suffers debilitating agoraphobia and severs herself from human connection except for the occasional phone call to her incarcerated sister, Lily. Serving a seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of her five-year-old niece, Easter, in a drunk driving accident, Lily struggles to accept responsibility for the child's death. Rodgers crafts Lily's stark, stripped-down narrative from journal entries, transcriptions of her phone conversations and quotes from the books she reads in the prison library. Beth, Easter's grieving mother and a less fully realized character than her sisters-in-law Lily and Pia, renders her world in equally bleak terms—"good days" or "not good days," a conceit that tires quickly. Rodgers is at her best when she choreographs an intersection of the three narratives, as when Beth finds Pia bloodied in her bathtub from a suicide attempt. It is in these interstices that the story delivers and "the secret sisters" attempt to resurrect their lives.
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From Booklist

Following her memoir about her battle with cancer, Bald in the Land of Big Hair (2001), Rodgers turns to fiction with a story narrated by three women whose lives are shadowed by grief. Hard-charging consultant Pia is devastated when her husband of 20 years collapses at a party and dies. Hollowed and diminished by her grieving, she eventually remarries but suffers from severe bouts of agoraphobia and depression. Her sister, Lily, incarcerated for killing her niece, Easter, in a drunk-driving accident, makes plaintive entries in a diary about how she gets through each day in jail by shutting down her emotions one by one as her husband divorces her and her family stops calling. Easter's mother, Beth, a devout Christian, is consumed by bitterness over her loss but insists on showing up at each of Lily's parole hearings mouthing words of forgiveness. Rodgers' novel suffers from unevenness--Beth's narration is underwritten while Lily's is somewhat over the top. It is through Pia's words that Rodgers' tale finds its full measure as a story of a woman who comes through the most painful of losses with a renewed appreciation for life. Joanne Wilkinson
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More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers was born into a family of gospel/bluegrass performers and grew up on stage, opening for huge-haired country music legends of the 60s and 70s. She continued performing until 1994, when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She used the chemo downtime to complete her first two novels and went on to author, coauthor and ghostwrite more than a dozen bestselling books, both fiction and nonfiction.

Married to jet plane mechanic/wine maker Gary Rodgers since 1983, Joni is the proud mother of two fine young adults. She lives in Houston, Texas and is represented by William Morris Endeavor, New York.

"Joni Rodgers lives, loves and writes without a safety net." ~ Entertainment Weekly

"Rodgers' strength is a womanly wise, laugh-through-tears appreciation of life." ~ Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

I ended up being very disappointed.
Tracy L.
Like the people in it, The Secret Sisters is difficult to classify, yet somehow known, as familiar as our very own hearts.
jenny milchman
I would definitely recommend this novel to others, and I hope to read this author's previous works, including her memoir.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Martin on March 15, 2006
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Joni Rodgers is a new author for me and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. One of the main reasons is that it is unlike any other book I've read, and another reason is that the characters face real life problems. How people cope with losing loved ones is something every reader can relate to - I know of two families who are dealing with the loss of a child and their lives are changed forever just as the characters in the book.

As for the erotic theme - it was a surprise and it's great - I like a woman author who explores the sexual lives of older women who are starting over in a relationship - very good book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AC Rice on March 13, 2006
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The Secret Sisters: three women with intertwined lives and each in her own type of prison. I enjoyed the characters and the story, and found that as I related my book review to my husband, I appreciated the book even more.

I must say, however, that I did not expect the level of "humidity" (i.e., sexual content) that would be found in some of the "tales." I, like Pia, found myself "leaning in closer to hear" and yet not able to imagine why I "wanted to hear them." (Those lines were GREAT writing by the author, by the way!)

The author's treatment of her characters' Christianity was very sensitive and realistic, not at all offending.

Not being familiar at all with this writer, I think I would have appreciated knowing ahead of time that there were some sexual tones in the content. It could be as sinple as including the word "sensual" in the last sentence of the back cover blurb, as in: "Like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole, the store--and its exotic owner--open her up to a whole new existence, one of sensuality, swirling colors ... etc."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on February 14, 2006
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The Secret Sisters is about love, loss, self-discovery, and reinvention. It is the story of Pia, Lily, and their sister-in-law Beth, three very different women.

Pia is a career woman with a devoted husband and a perfect life. Lily is a party girl with a zest for life and a no-nonsense attitude. Beth is a former nun who left the religious life to marry and raise a daughter.

Each woman experiences a life-shattering loss that leaves her completely lost and questioning everything that she once thought was true. The novel follows each of the three characters through the most turbulent period of her life.

On parallel trajectories, the women fall and flounder, doing all the wrong things in their efforts to cope on their own. However before they can come to terms with their losses, each woman has to come to terms with herself and her own failures.

In the end Pia, Lily, and Beth each receive inspiration from a most unsuspected source. And, it is only with the help of another person that each one can find the strength to accept herself and the situation, and have the purpose to reinvent herself and move on with her life.

Rodgers uses a different narrative strategy for each of the women's stories to brilliant effect. The telling of each story seems custom-designed to her character. This split narrative both highlights the differences between the sisters and serves to make the characters more believable.

To be honest, this book was not what I expected. The publisher's description does the book a disservice. It seems to promise something fantastical, something that the book does not really deliver.

Armchair Interviews says: This is a shame because what Rodgers does deliver in The Secret Sisters is something much harder to achieve: a beautifully written book with three very true-to-life characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jenny milchman on July 3, 2009
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The Secret Sisters is a story about life gone wrong. As in the best women's fiction, there's the possibility of redemption held out throughout, and realized--to some extent--by the end. But Sisters is also a departure from standard women's fiction. It's darker and braver. The characters take more risks and make more mistakes--in short it's a story truer to real life. I don't know a single woman who won't find some part of herself in one of Joni Rodgers' characters.

There's Pia who worked so hard during her young years that when she finds herself unexpectedly widowed has no one to surround herself with to repair. And Lily who winds up incarcerated due to one completely unprecedented, tragic error. Beth, whose strong-to-the-point-of-smug Christian identity is about to take a serious beating. And Dalphine whose past makes her what she is in ways even she might not suspect.

The Secret Sisters turns on unexpected moments. So even though it's a story of loss and tragedy, I found myself laughing aloud. The narrative is shot through with humor, and some of the characters say shockingly funny things.

Like the people in it, The Secret Sisters is difficult to classify, yet somehow known, as familiar as our very own hearts.
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The Secret Sisters tells the story of three interconnected women: Pia, who faces the sudden unexpected loss of her husband; her sister Lily, who is doing jail time for a drunk driving accident; and their sister-in-law Beth, who is mourning the loss of her only child. Each of these three women responds to her loss in a very different manner. For Pia, she discovers new love, yet she is crippled by anxiety. Lily struggles to cope with her feelings of guilt while at the same time trying to deal with the rage which she attempts to hold inside. And Beth vacillates between good days and bad days, never quite striking a balance between the two.

Pia's story quickly emerges as being the dominant one. Whereas the depiction of her emotional difficulties was both fascinating and true-to-life, the portrayal of her re-awakening felt less real, bordering on the bizarre. Lily initially presents as a somewhat unlikable character, but as the book wears on, it becomes easier to develop sympathy for her. Ultimately, however, is Beth's story that feels the most genuine; I was disappointed that her character was given the least amount of time. Still, I found each woman's experiences to be completely engrossing, and I finished the book in only two days. I would definitely recommend this novel to others, and I hope to read this author's previous works, including her memoir.
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