I’m not going to lie, but it’s been a long while since I read this book. This review will likely be a “mini” review, but I’m going to do my best but it was sooooo good!
The story follows Miranda and Lucia, Chinese-American sisters who are very different from one another. It is a story of how the sisters’ relationship unfolds over the years of their lives. It’s also the story of how Miranda does or does not cope with Lucia’s mental illness, how Lucia does or does not cope with it, and the story of the others swept up into their lives.
All of the characters here are very deftly drawn. They’re sympathetic, but you can also be realistic about their plight. The perspectives shift from Miranda to Lucia and occasionally to the men in their lives. When I read each perspective, I was all in for that person, but then seeing the other side also frequently helped me see the bigger picture. I was constantly thinking and readjusting and I loved the whole rollercoaster.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This book was good, but it was also a very brutal read. It was an emotional rollercoaster and a very hard read at times. From Miranda’s angst over how much of her own life needs to go to her sister’s care, to Lucia’s desire to be independent, to the men who love Lucia and aren’t sure what to do, each person plays a part in this complicated life of theirs.
Overall, this was a great literary fiction read. The sisters’ relationship is heartbreakingly real, and the love they share is a complicated force throughout their lives. It’s also interesting when you get to see them from others’ perspectives, because it gives you new insights into them as people that you can’t get when you’re in their heads. If you’re looking for an engrossing read and are okay with the difficulties associated, I highly recommend this book.
Note: I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.