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Little Sister: A Novel av Barbara Gowdy
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Little Sister: A Novel (utgåvan 2017)

av Barbara Gowdy (Författare)

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Thunderstorms are rolling across the summer sky. Every time one breaks, Rose Bowan loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams about being in another woman's body. Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inhabiting a stranger? Disturbed yet entranced, she sets out to discover what is happening to her, leaving the cocoon of her family's small repertory cinema for the larger, upended world of someone wildly different from herself. Meanwhile her mother is in the early stages of dementia, and has begun to speak for the first time in decades about another haunting presence: Rose's younger sister. In Little Sister, one woman fights to help someone she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she always felt responsible. With the elegant prose and groundbreaking imagination that have earned her international acclaim, Barbara Gowdy explores the astonishing power of empathy, the question of where we end and others begin, and the fierce bonds of motherhood and sisterhood.… (mer)
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Rose loses her sister tragically. This slowly unfolds in a storyline quite unlike anything else I've read. Rose changes bodies when lightening flashes. She owns an old style theatre with a mother living with disillusional dementia. This side line is told with great humor and compassion. Rose feels responsible for the death of her sister and it becomes clear that these psycotic episodes is how she deals with this. This novel is a very interesting exploration in to what the human mind is capable of without resorting to antics or horror but with compassion and kindness. ( )
  Smits | Mar 4, 2021 |
This book is well written and, for the most part, a page turner. I was intrigued from the very start. Unfortunately, the ending felt a bit weak compared to the rest of the story. I don't mind that there wasn't a big, life altering ending (sometimes books about life ought to just be about life and don't need a traditional storybook ending), it just felt a bit abrupt and soft compared to the tension and chaos that had built up.

All that said, it's a solid book with an intriguing story and characters that are both likable and interesting. ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
Rose Bowan is dealing with a lot. Her father has died, leaving her in charge of the family business, an old movie theatre specializing in old movies. Her mother has dementia and is becoming increasingly unstable. She has a boyfriend, but the relationship lacks passion and momentum. Her sister died years ago, something Rose continues to try to come to terms with. And, during thunderstorms, Rose recently began inhabiting the body of a young editor, Harriet Smith.

Barbara Gowdy writes so well. I usually avoid magical realism, but she makes it work. In dealing with Harriet's life, Rose somehow becomes better at dealing with her own. I enjoyed this story very much. ( )
  LynnB | Jun 11, 2018 |
I love the idea behind this book; the execution a little less so. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 2017 |
Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy combines a childhood tragedy, an ill parent, thunderstorms, and an atmospheric old theater with a dash of magic realism to create the story of Rose Bowan. I appreciate the premise of the book and the touch of magic realism. However, ultimately I am not the reader for this book. Overall, though, I leave this book thinking that somewhere along the way I missed the point.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/05/little-sister.html

Reviewed for NetGalley ( )
  njmom3 | May 13, 2017 |
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Thunderstorms are rolling across the summer sky. Every time one breaks, Rose Bowan loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams about being in another woman's body. Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inhabiting a stranger? Disturbed yet entranced, she sets out to discover what is happening to her, leaving the cocoon of her family's small repertory cinema for the larger, upended world of someone wildly different from herself. Meanwhile her mother is in the early stages of dementia, and has begun to speak for the first time in decades about another haunting presence: Rose's younger sister. In Little Sister, one woman fights to help someone she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she always felt responsible. With the elegant prose and groundbreaking imagination that have earned her international acclaim, Barbara Gowdy explores the astonishing power of empathy, the question of where we end and others begin, and the fierce bonds of motherhood and sisterhood.

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