Two years ago, five of Shae-Lynn's miner friends were catapulted to media stardom when they were rescued after surviving four days trapped in a mine. As the men struggle to come to terms with the nightmarish memories of their ordeal, along with the fallout of their short-lived celebrity, Shae-Lynn finds herself facing harsh realities and reliving bad dreams of her own, including her relationship with her brutal father, her conflicted passion for one of the miners, and the hidden identity of the man who fathered her son.
When the younger sister she thought was dead arrives on her doorstep, followed closely by a gun-wielding Russian gangster, a shady New York lawyer, and a desperate Connecticut housewife, Shae-Lynn is forced to grapple with the horrible truth she discovers about her sister's life, and with an ominous question: Will her return result in a monstrous act of greed, or one of sacrifice?
©2007 Tawni O'Dell; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Terrific." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a masterfully unfolded, absolutely engrossing story as smart and sassy as it is wise." (Booklist)
I have never understood why Tawni O'Dell hasn't gotten the praise and recognition she so richly deserves. This is her third book I have listened to, and each one has left me so impressed by her characters, and her wonderful writing style. Her books are always set in the Pennsylvania coal country, and her writing brings real insight into the coal industry and the men who work it. Her books do touch on adult subject matter, but they do not dwell on it. I would highly recommend this book! The reader is dead on for the main character.
"Sister Mine" is the story -- told in the first person -- of a tough and scrappy woman whose life has been shaped by her abusive father and the hard knocks she has absorbed and ultimately overcome. Shae Lynn takes care of everyone except herself, it seems, sacrificing health and happiness for everyone from her sister to her son to two young children at risk of being abandoned by their neglectful parents. In the end, Shae Lynn's goodness (mixed with a heapin' helpin' of grit and more than a little scheming of her own) leads to the happy ending you think she deserves. Well read, with just enough of a mild accent or changed tone to give each speaking character its own identity.
I really enjoyed this book. The characreres were complex and interesting. The narrator was effective although I whsh she had been able to convey the grittiness of the setting a little more.
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