Friday, January 21, 2011

While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky

A family saga that has at its core the question of what it means to be a member of a family, and what links and binds us. The sudden collapse of world class runner Robin Snow leaves her family wrestling with terrible choices, unresolved issues and a cupboard full of secrets that come rapidly tumbling out. How do they handle it, How would you handle it? A very powerful novel that packs a real punch especially when it comes to the question of integrity and choices, easy to read but challenging at the same time. This book has characters you will immediately relate to and others you may very well loathe but your early assertions may turn out to be rather set on their head as you power through the pages and become aware of snippets and fragments of back story that in an instant give you a new spin or clarity on circumstances that you may have felt lead one way, reality can often be very blurry and human nature can be tricky at best. The author dealt with an often contentious issue (organ donation) in a very compassionate manner as she also did with the frailty and capriciousness of being part of a family that presents so well in the public spotlight,she resolved issues and tidied up the bits and pieces that circled the story in a very satisfying manner.

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