• The Sweeney Sisters

  • A Novel
  • By: Lian Dolan
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (381 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An accomplished storyteller returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet - a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit of Jonathan Tropper with the heart of Susan Wiggs.

Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer 15 years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature. 

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she, too, is a Sweeney sister. When Washington, DC-based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50 percent genetic match with a childhood neighbor - Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney - one that has remained totally secret until now. 

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister - a blonde among redheads - fit into their story? 

By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration - a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.

This audiobook includes an episode of the Book Club Girl Podcast, featuring an interview with Lian Dolan about The Sweeney Sisters

©2020 Lian Dolan (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Is Netflix next?

I really enjoyed this book with its twists and turns about the highs and lows of family relationships, including dealing with secrets and lies.
I can easily see this as a Netflix series and hope something is in the works. I have been mentally casting it as I listen on my morning walks.

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Twists, Turns & Surprises

This is a completely engaging story of unusual family drama and so much more. I loved it!

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Big waste of time.

I went in not expecting a whole lot from this book and came out asking myself why I wasted 10 hours of my life listening to it. The characters were extremely unlikable and showed zero growth throughout the entire book. A major case of first world problems and greediness. I do not recommend. Not even as a beach read.

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Big Love For The Sweeney Sisters

I enjoyed every bit of The Sweeney Sisters. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a sequel!!

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Im jealous of the sweeney sisters

Im so jealous of the Sweeney sisters, they each have a place in their tight knit group, flaws and all. They knew each others limitations! The book really gives you a look into their lives as daughters of an famously published academic, ultimately his selfishness put them on their paths. Yet, they love and respect him despite the hard look they take at his life and work. He has a secret he has kept from his family and the girls are left to clean it up. There are so many hard truths you will glean from the dialogue and relationships and actions of the characters. I found myself stopping to journal truths I wanted to explore about my origin story. I learned a lot about literature, landmarks, Yale and government. The book offers so many strong female characters who are bright and innovative. No male bashing either.. the men are strong. I guess the author shows how lives can thrive when we just accept human frailty and decide to be the captain of our seas(you’ll get that reference when you read it)! Most of all in quarantine we need messages that remind us to reevaluate our course and reemerge better!!!!! One spoiler chapter 18!!! Ok two spoilers, several jaw dropping things said, I gave a fist pump several times, faced paced and interesting story, I listened to this in one day....😌

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Delightful and not too simple

What a delightful book The Sweeney Sisters is! I feel like I just spent a year with a smart and sassy trio (quartet?) of sisters. At first glance this might appear to be a simple family drama, but don’t be deceived. The characters are well developed, and the story with its ups and downs keeps the reader wondering, imagining, predicting....

As a newcomer to New England, I especially enjoyed the setting.

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Fun read

Smart writing, good story. All around pleasant and a feel good plot. I would recommend it for a great summer read!

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Listened to the Hype...Mistake

Short and sweet...save your credit. I had to force myself to listen and was often so bored I had to rewind because my mind wandered. This book is the definition of “meh.”

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Can I be the Fifth Sweeney Sister?

What a fantastic book. So well written, Captures beautifully adult sibling relationships. The narration is as good as the book.

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Nice story.

Good narration. Very predictable. I am a middle class Southerner so I had to look up a few of the references. I need some Bremner crackers.

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  • 05-26-20

Great book

I loved this book ! The only question I have was that serina said she had an announcement to make poured the wine but we never found out what the announcement was or did I miss it ?