« Sisters », the new short novel by National Book award winner, Lilian Tuck is not about sisterhood as we immediately understand in Christopher Nicholson’s quote on the title page: « First and second wives are like sisters ». It is the most subtle, cruel, funny story on marriage, infidelities and sexual passion. After her wonderful autobiography « The double life of Liliane », published in 2015, this eleventh work shows how naughty and witty this introverted writer really is.
Set in Manhattan, the book is full of vignettes on today’s life, men and women’s relationships, children and lies that bind everyone. As a second wife, the heroine is jealous, manipulative, sexy and dreams a lot. There are many moments set in France and dealing with Mathematics, two worlds that the author is fascinated with and that she knows well.
The 156 pages flew by before I had a chance to put the book down. The read is a delicious plunge into men-women’s relations, with their failed moments and misunderstandings. Lilian Tucks’s use of words is precise and cruel at times. The book is chiseled with a very sharp tongue and it is a little gem ! (Atlantic Monthly Press)
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