Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: April 28th 2020
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
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 fifteen 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% 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 blond 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.
The Sweeney Sisters is a fun, fast-paced family drama. The plot rides like a rollercoaster of emotions as the sisters learn of the passing of their father and then of their new, older sister. How they each deal with this knowledge and figure out their father’s estate will keep you turning the pages to see what happens. Is the plot predictable in places? Sure, but it avoids possible pitfalls along the way so you don’t know exactly what will happen.
What I really loved about this book was the relationship between the sisters. Each is so very different, but yet they are able to come together as a family and love each other for who they are. Even when a new sister is added to the mix, while it takes some creative adjusting, the sisters accept their situation and move forward together as a unit.
The Sweeney Sisters is a wonderful book. There’s something relatable about each sister which makes them very endearing. You’ll be hoping for an invite to their Fourth of July parties and will miss them all when the book is over.