A captivating and emotional novel.
In Alice Hoffman’s short story The Bookstore Sisters, Isabel Gibson has all but perfected the art of forgetting. She is a New Yorker now, with nothing left to tie her to Brinkley’s Island, Maine. Her parents are gone, the family bookstore is all but bankrupt, and her sister Sophie will probably never speak to her again. When a mysterious letter arrives in her mailbox, Isabel feels drawn back to the island.
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The story follows Isabel as she returns home and reconnects with her past. Along the way, she discovers the power of grief and redemption. She also finds solace in a loyal canine sidekick, a feisty pre-teen, and a recipe book written with a mother’s love.
“The Bookstore Sisters by Alice Hoffman is a heartfelt short story about family, independence, and finding one’s place in the world.”
The Book Guide® Editor
Despite some rudimentary execution and less nuanced prose than expected from Hoffman, The Bookstore Sisters is ultimately a story about loyalty and betrayal that explores themes of family, independence, and finding one’s place in the world.
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by The Book Guide® Editors4.7/5 Very good