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One member of my sisterhood bore a striking resemblance to MacKenzie. She had lymphoma, and despite the dire predictions from her doctors, lived every day to its fullest. I thought that phrase was a cliche until I saw how closely my friend's attitude mirrored that of MacKenzie. Like the characters in the book, our group spent two weeks together last fall and what a time we had. Just like blood relatives, we each mocked certain idiosyncrasies and did our share of bickering, but overshadowing everything was a deep and abiding love that only sisters can understand.
I believed the characters, and I believed the story. We should all be fortunate enough to have such close friends in our lives.
McKenzie, Aurora, Janine, and Lilly have been friends forever. They spent summers at the beach and most of the time at Janine’s house on the beach. They stayed friends through adversity, high school, college, and even beyond. Whenever any adversity befell any of them, the others were always there to help if needed. They were there to celebrate each happy event as well.
This year, meeting at the beach has a different tone to it. They are there on what is most likely McKenzie’s final summer at the beach. McKenzie has cancer and it has progressed from her thyroid to her lungs. They don’t know when but they are certain she is dying. As McKenzie goes through the house to open it, she pays attention to the feelings and thoughts she has. It is as if she is saying farewell to the house. She is worried about her daughters, Mia and Maura who are seventeen. How will they take her death? Will her friends be there for her daughters?
Lilly comes to the beach with a huge surprise, she is eight months pregnant! She didn’t tell McKenzie because she didn’t want her to worry about her and take any stamina away from her fight to survive. At first, McKenzie is upset but soon realizes Lilly was just protecting her like she does everyone. Lilly is the “mom” of the bunch even though this is her first baby.
Aurora takes time from her hectic schedule as a well-sought-after artist to spend time at the beach. She seems a bit aloof from the other girls at times. She is quite wealthy but doesn’t enjoy her life as she could. She dotes on McKenzie’s daughters; but has never tried to create a relationship with her own son. She also carries a burden with her that involves the other girls.
Janine is a police officer whose beat is near the beach. This is her house. Her mother wanted to sell it; but Janine felt she needed the house. She carries the scar of her father’s death with her at all times. Was this why she became a police officer? She and her dog, Fritz, come to the house every summer with the others. This summer, she is in a new relationship and wants to keep it from the other girls. They know she was not happy when she broke up with Betsy; but why won’t she tell them about her new love? Can she leave the past behind this summer?
Colleen Faulkner writes a wonderfully honest, funny, often heart-wrenching account of how female relationships work. I found myself grinning and nodding at the dialogue. Every woman who has close female friends should read As Close As Sisters. I’ll be buying copies for my best friends for Christmas. If you’re a fan of books written by Elin Hilderbrand or Elizabeth Berg, you will enjoy this book. Highly recommended read.
This will be the last time all four are together, as one of them is terminally ill. The narration comes from each of them in turn. Each relates the outsides of the others, and the inside of herself. A very good illustration what close friendship may really be. Well written, with good character development and story line.