"Will this be the last time the four of them will be together?"
Reviewed by Dot Dittman
Posted February 27, 2015
CLOSE AS SISTERS by Colleen Faulkner, is a bittersweet
of four lifetime friends united in a unique sisterhood.
Every summer, they drop whatever they are doing to spend
part of their summer together at a beach house in Albany
Thirty years ago, something tragic occurred at this
beach house. There is a secret connected to that night and
on the anniversary, they unite to renew their vows of
This year, things are different. There is a feeling of
finality because McKenzie Arnold is undergoing cancer
treatment and Janine is considering selling the beach
house. It may be their last summer together.
As these women enjoy each other's company amid the sunny
days and beautiful moonlit lights, they are about to
discover that they don't know everything about each other
Ms. Faulkner has written a novel that flows off the page
with vitality and authenticity. The women are living,
breathing, and flawed people. They deal with their
problems each in her own way: Lilly with mothering and
feeding everyone; Aurora with her sardonic jokes (she dubs
McKenzie with the nickname of "Cancer Girl" for heaven's
sake!); McKenzie with logic and checklists; and Janine who
tries to strong-arm the past into submission.
CLOSE AS SISTERS will stay on readers' minds long
after reading. I've added Colleen Faulkner to my list of
favorite authors and I eagerly await any upcoming books
written by her.
Since the age of twelve, McKenzie Arnold has spent every
summer at Albany Beach, Delaware, with her best friends
Aurora, Janine, and Lilly. The seaside house teems with
thirty years of memories--some wonderful, others
painful--and secrets never divulged beyond its walls. This
summer may be the last they spend together, as Janine
contemplates selling her family cottage.
For now, all four enjoy morning beach walks and lazy
evenings on the porch, celebrating Lilly's longed-for
pregnancy and offering support during McKenzie's greatest
crisis. It's a time for laughter and recriminations, a
to forge a new understanding of a long-ago night when
sealed their bond with one devastating act. And as the
gradually shorten, events will unfold in ways that none of
them could have predicted, to make this the most momentous
summer of all.
In a deeply moving novel filled with heartbreak and
Colleen Faulkner explores the complex ties between four
different women as they move through life together, and
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