- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030735167X
- ISBN-13: 978-0307351678
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Tawni O’Dell’s energy bursts off the page. Sister Mine is one of those novels that insist on being read, front to back, as fast as possible.”
— Boston Globe
“Bitterly poignant in places, it’s also a rollicking good read — and Shae-Lynn’s richly drawn character resonates long after her final wisecrack.”
“Sister Mine delivers a luxurious read, a novel worthy of the literary equivalent of a Grammy or an Oscar. This is a novel for people who devour good writing and craft-intensive storytelling, who savor the haven, both safe and fraught with danger, of a world in which fiction becomes the kind of truth that sets you free. Or, at the very least, makes you laugh and think and wish you’d discovered Tawni O’Dell before now.”
— Portland Oregonian
“The strength of O’Dell’s narrative is that she lets her characters tell the story. There is much to recommend. Shae-Lynn’s voice is entrancing in its honesty, and O’Dell’s ability to continue to freshly capture her mining communities is impressive… a worthy read.”
— Denver Post
“Sister Mine is packed with flawed characters formed by violence and neglect who quickly become embedded in the reader’s heart. O’Dell sketches her characters with telling details and cop-shop crackling dialogue..Amid chick lit and knit lit and Brit lit, Sister Mine rates as true-grit lit.”
— USA Today
“O’Dell hits her stride here; one hopes this is not the last we’ll hear from her punch packing, pink Stetson-wearing heroine.”
— Entertainment Weekly
“Sister Mine is a page turner for lots of reasons that take you turn by turn. You become mesmerized by the characters, the crackling dialogue, the description of the skin of a miner looking as if pencil point have lodged beneath it, the pathos of good people facing futures that are cetain to be hard and cheap and yet doing so with grace and optimism and whip smart banter. And it’s spot-on for in its depiction of a coal mining town.”
— Lexington Herald Leader
“Dark, funny, and very Elmore Leonard in its way.”
— Cincinnati Enquirer
“This is a masterfully unfolded, absolutely engrossing story as smart and sassy as it is wise…A knockout.”
— Booklist, starred review
“With genuine, fully developed characters and abundant humor, it's easy to fall into this exceptional story and never want to leave.”
— Publishers Weekly, galley talk column
“Family saga O’Dell-style crackles with conflict and a deep understanding of the complications and burdens that follow attachment, sex, love and kinship.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Tawni O’Dell is a great American storyteller. Sister Mine is hilarious and poignant; the details glitter like King Coal from a writer who knows it well.”
—Adriana Trigiani, author of Home to Big Stone Gap
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of Coal Run and Back Roads, which was also an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She lives in Pennsylvania with her two children and her husband, literary translator Bernard Cohen.
For more information about the author, visit www.tawniodell.com.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Shae-Lynn's sister, who ran away in her early teens, resurfaces bringing with her enough trouble to keep Shae-Lynn scurrying. Having tough starts on the coal infested streets of Jolly Mount, her sister's money making abilities shock even non-pulsed Shae-Lynn. Determined to stop her sister from her destructive ways, we watch as this tough-talkin, boot stompin, sister deals with the problems that arise.
Lots of fun with action, humor and some tender moments to aid understanding. Intensely readable.
I liked reading about the miner's as I have never know or thought of what their life's in this type of work would of been, this is a book I will remember. I have already bought more books by O'Dell.
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Wow, this is a difficult novel to review. I've loved O'Dell's other stories, but... I can only give this novel a 3-star rating.Read more