Ten years after leaving her disabled sister behind at an institutional care center, Nicole Hunter is stunned by a call from her mother. A devastating rape and subsequent pregnancy have changed everything about her sister Jenny’s future.

Returning to Seattle and leaving behind the settled and supposedly stable life with her boyfriend Shane in San Francisco, Nicole must sort out the complicated situation ahead and deal with the guilt that has surrounded her since she “abandoned” her sister.

Has the special communication between the two of them–nonverbal on Jenny’s part–remained in place? Will Nicole find the strength to care for her sister, after she and her mother remove her from the Wellman Center? And what about the baby? Who will take care of her?

Reconnecting with childhood friend Nova, now the mother of four, helps Nicole settle into the new routines of her life. But can she make the important decisions that lie ahead? And will she be able to let go of the life she had built? Will the disturbing secrets from the past come back to haunt her, or will she find that the pieces of the puzzle she had put together configure into totally new patterns?

A fan of Hatvany, I enjoyed The Language of Sisters. The story touched on some important issues and addressed feelings about old and new connections, and how unique bonds develop a language of their own. However, the end seemed to wrap itself up too neatly for me; therefore, four stars.



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