03-21-2008 07:05 PM
That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed in profit.
~ Amos Bronson Alcott ~
03-21-2008 07:42 PM
03-21-2008 07:52 PM
Miss Adams' debut novel is a wonderful character study intertwining a dysfunctional family's life with the life of Moths. Her skillful use of flash backs and science work well to enhance the story of a woman awaiting the arrival of her sister after an absence of 50 years. We see the emotions and observations of two sisters with very different memories as a weekend reunion passes toward its inevitable conclusion. This unique novel is spellbinding, mysterious and thought provoking. Curl up with cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy.
03-21-2008 09:42 PM
I found the book slightly interesting but could put it down for a few days and not have the excitement I had with the past First Look Books. I also found it very hard to connect with the main character, she seemed very underdeveloped that she was just like reading about someone in the news paper. I was able to finish the book, and towards the end it did become little more interesting. If I seen it in a book store I doubt that I would honestly buy it.
03-21-2008 10:29 PM
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"I think of literature.....as a vast country to the far borders of which I am journeying but will never reach."
The Uncommon Reader
"You've been running around naked in the stacks again, haven't you?"
The Time Traveler's Wife
It is with books as with men; a very small number play a great part.
03-22-2008 11:09 AM
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03-22-2008 12:32 PM - edited 03-22-2008 12:45 PM
The Sister - Who Is She?
I have just finished reading the first novel of Poppy Adams, The Sister. I highly recommend it to readers who like to be challenged and who like to learn as they read. This novel is a close examination of a sister, Ginny, and her view of the world and her place in it. It also provides a very detailed discussion of moths, a subject on which Ginny and her father, Clive, are experts.
Adams has written a superior lyrical novel. She develops the character of Ginny in such a way that we know her, but we don't. Adams doesn't give us all the answers but she gives us all we need to draw our own conclusions. Her sentences are pictures and her metaphors and analogies are rich.
This novel is one that will continue to run around in your head for weeks. Please give it a try!
Writers that I enjoy:
Dorothea Benton Frank, Mary Alice Monroe, Susan Vreeland, Sarah Addison Allen, Margaret Maron, Kristen Hannah, Judi Picoult, John Hart, and Charles Martin
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"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~François Mauriac
03-22-2008 03:13 PM
"Adversity causes some people to break, but causes others to break records."
03-22-2008 08:21 PM
03-23-2008 03:03 AM
The Sister, Poppy Adams’ debut novel, is a dark, eerie story. The novel opens at Bulburrow Court, an old manor and family home, with 70ish Ginny waiting for the arrival of her younger sister Vivi, whom she has not seen for nearly 50 years. Why have they been separated? Why has Vivi come back? Is she looking for something? Which sister is THE sister of the title?
We notice almost immediately that Ginny is a bit ‘off’. She’s hyper-focused on time, wearing two wristwatches and constantly checking them against her many other clocks. Her tea must be just so and she can’t drink it if it’s made by someone else. It takes her 55 minutes to make her bed and arrange her sheets meticulously. Her weird ways are doled out liberally throughout the story, giving the impression that all is not right with our narrator. Vivi, on the other hand, seems the more normal of the two, but there are still questions..
Adams weaves details of the past with the present in alternating chapters. But are things as they appear? What really happened at the bell tower and on the cellar steps? There is an eerie sense of foreboding, mystery and suspense coursing through the entire novel, mixed in with an extensive amount of scientific detail about moths. Moths? Why, yes.. Ginny is a World Famous Lepidopterist. At least, she is world famous in her own mind.
Decades old family secrets begin to unravel and our narrator, so level headed and scientific (again, in her own mind) starts coming unglued. The disturbance in her routine brought on by Vivi’s arrival is so unsettling that she finds herself spying on her, following her around, listening in doorways, and becoming increasingly obsessive in her behaviors. The tension builds continuously and by the last few chapters I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen.
Each chapter has a short descriptive title and there is a table of contents, which I love. The Sister is very well written and I predict we will see more of Poppy Adams in the future. I look forward to that.
03-23-2008 09:44 AM
A Tasty Morsel
"The Sister" by Poppy Adams gives out information in morsels just big enough to give your appetite a taste and hold you spellbound. I loved how it never really gave you answers to the questions on your mind but instead let you make your own conclusions about what happened.
Other titles I recommend are:
*Mercy by Jodi Picoult
*The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman
*While I was gone by Sue Miller
03-23-2008 01:43 PM
03-23-2008 01:46 PM
Just a bit of the Story
I think that "The Sister", the premier work of Poppy Adams, succeeded well in what it was meant to do: show us one perspective from among the members of a unique family. It was interesting and well written. It would make a great movie. But for my personal reading pleasure, it was too limited in it's scope. It left too many interesting options unaddressed. I like to draw my own conclusions, but I also like a little reinforcement that I've made the correct guesses! Also, it was a bit too much scientific methodology for me (and I'm a clinician!) I did really enjoy Ginny analyses of her own personality and motives. We all surely do think that way at times and probably are about as accurate and honest. I also hope that they do a little work in editing the typos and grammaric errors before the final printing. I would recommend "The Sister" as a summer beach read but that's about it. I do look forward to Ms. Adams future work, as I think she shows real promise in a longer, more complex work.
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03-24-2008 11:12 AM - edited 03-24-2008 11:18 AM
This amazing debut novel by Poppy Adams is pure Literature! From the first page, it grasps you, bringing you into its own world - the world of two sisters, as told from the point of view of Ginny, the older sister. Doug
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