Sisters (Hardcover)

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A perfect novel detailing a troubled second marriage that is inhabited by the ghost of the first wife, referred to as she, with whom the narrator is obsessed. Scenes, memories. and reflections are delivered in searing minimalist prose, leading the reader inexorably to the novel's startling climax.

— Amy Palmer


"Tuck's prose is elegant." -- New York Times Book Review

Lily Tuck's critically-lauded, bestselling I Married You for Happiness was hailed by the Boston Globe as "an artfully crafted still life of one couple's marriage." In her singular new novel Sisters, Tuck gives a very different portrait of marital life, exposing the intricacies and scandals of a new marriage sprung from betrayal.

Tuck's unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers, and the unbanishable presence of his first wife--known only as she. Obsessed with her, our narrator moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasizing about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal she intellectually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and she, from which the narrator is excluded? The daring and precise build up to an eerily wonderful denouement is a triumph of subtlety and surprise.

With Sisters, Lily Tuck delivers riveting psychological portrait of marriage, infidelity, and obsession; charting with elegance and insight love in all its phases.

About the Author

Lily Tuck is the author of six novels: The Double Life of Liliane; I Married You for Happiness; Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up; The Woman Who Walked on Water; Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award; The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award; the short story collections The House at Belle Fontaine and Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived; and the biography Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802127112
ISBN-10: 0802127118
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 176
Language: English