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Only Sisters
By (author): Lilian Nattel
Lilian Nattel

Imprint:

Random House Canada

ISBN:

9780735277069

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Aug 02, 2022
$24.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5.25 x 0.89 in | 0.7 lb

Page Count:

336 pages
Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Random House Canada
FICTION / Women
One sister runs away and the other stays behind. But what happens when the dutiful sister has to impersonate the rebel? In her page-turning exploration of familial loyalty, resentment, secrets, and grief, Lilian Nattel explores the meaning and reach of family bonds.

Joan has always done the right thing, both as a palliative care doctor and as a caregiver for her widowed mother, Sheila. Joan’s adventurous sister, Vivien, is a different story. She left home as soon as she was able—running from an insecure childhood troubled by an alcoholic father and a mother who constantly threw away all their possessions in order to buy new ones. Vivien’s rarely been back, working as a nurse in the world’s trouble zones, leaving the heavy burden of family on her sister.



Still, when Vivien learns that their mother is seriously ill, she reaches out to Joan. She’s heading for a remote village where Ebola is spreading, and she’s afraid she may die. If she does, she wants Joan to pose as her online so her dying mother won’t have to grieve a daughter. It’s a lie, but it’s the good kind of lie, designed to spare their mother, and so Joan reluctantly agrees, figuring it will never come to that.



But Vivien does die. And even as Joan mourns her sister, she begins to impersonate her online, as promised. It’s difficult at first, but to her surprise, posing as Vivien becomes liberating, even addictive. Then she receives a message on her sister’s Facebook from a man claiming to be the son Vivien gave up for adoption, and the line between right and wrong, adventure and tragedy, really begins to blur.



Story Locale: Toronto, ON

BESTSELLER TRACK: Lilian knows how to write a bestseller; Girl at the Edge of Sky, Web of Angels, and The River Midnight are all bestsellers.

BOOKCLUB PICK: Centred on complex women, the love-envy knot between sisters, familial obligations, enabling toxic behaviours and compulsions, and what actually defines and bonds a family, the novel inspires a lot of discussion.

COMMERCIAL APPEAL: Accessible and expertly crafted, this book will expand Lilian’s readership.

ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK

Born in Montreal, LILIAN NATTEL now lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Girl at the Edge of Sky, Web of Angels, The Singing Fire and The River Midnight.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

Author Hometown: Montreal, QC

Author Website: liliannattel.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @LilianNattel Instagram: @a.writers.eye

Praise for Lilian Nattel:

“Nattel is an outstanding, controlled writer.” —The Winnipeg Review

“Nattel is a standout writer: observant, funny and poetic.” —Montreal Gazette

“Nattel is an extraordinary novelist.” —The Baltimore Sun

“Lilian Nattel writes vivid prose…. Captivating in its realism.” —The Vancouver Sun

“[Nattel’s] prose is…finely balanced, rich in humor that’s never simply for laughs…and filled with passages of heartbreaking beauty that acknowledge the permanent scars left by tragedy but affirm the healing powers of love and self-knowledge…. Beautifully written, strongly imagined and deeply felt.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Once again, Nattel’s descriptive powers shine, and her evocation of place is Dickensian.” —National Post

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