THE SUNSHINE SISTERS: Who Loves [& Hates] You Baby?

The Sunshine Sisters

By: Jane Green
Narrator: Jane Green
PRH Audio/ Imprint: Penguin Audio
Genre: Fiction – Family Life
Release Date: June 06, 2017
12 Hours

I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters.

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother’s overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother’s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London—and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother’s fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.

But now the Sunshine sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother’s illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all…

My Take Oblong Shaped
Jane Green writes beautiful and well-crafted stories.  She read them herself with a lovely, nicely accented, non-nasal way.  When an author is a good narrator it is awesome: who would know the intention, especially with inflection, better than the author.
Her stories have cheerful looking covers, but there’s always a tragedy involved. I always go into them thinking “Chick Lit, Yay!” and at the end I usually feel I have happened upon a good book but that it wasn’t chick lit but was a good story.  In this case it is a good “Family Life” piece, especially if, like me,  you have all sisters.

It’s hard to imagine most mom’s being as self-serving as The Sunshine Girls’ mom Ronni is. If your family is dysfunctional you’ll feel like a model family after reading this!  The beginning of the book foretells the ending; just in case you were imagining this is going to be a fun, Bridget Jones, experience.

Besides the family issues, including how we “share” opinions, the book explores the end of life issues no family discusses comfortably (right?).

Like FALLING, which I found devastating, THE SUNSHINE SISTERS involves tragedy, but with [often painful]  growth all around.

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