I like to think LITTLE GALE GUMBO has something for everyone. A dash of magic, a splash of food, a sprinkle of mystery and a hearty serving of romance. But one of its most prevalent themes is sisters, as the story centers around the lives of sisters Dahlia and Josie and how their loyalty is tested (as sibling loyalty often is!) as they grow.
If you like novels about sisters, I can suggest some wonderful ones. (And, in full disclosure, a few written by our very own Debs!)
Now if you’ve read LITTLE GALE GUMBO, you know that sisters Josie and Dahlia inhabit a slightly magical world on Little Gale Island. For me, it doesn’t get any more magical than Alice Hoffman, and PRACTICAL MAGIC was one of the first of her novels I read. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s the story of sisters Gillian and Sally who find themselves, much like Josie and Dahlia, living in a small town that gossips about them constantly—which is somewhat understandable since they are descendants of a famous witch and raised by their eccentric—and very magical—aunts who frequently sell spells to desperate residents of the town.
For sisters with a Shakespearean twist, look no further than our own Deb Eleanor Brown’s wonderful novel, THE WEIRD SISTERS! Sisters Rose, Bean and Cordy—named to honor some of the Bard’s most famous leading ladies by their scholarly father—return home to help care for their stricken mother. The trio are as different as can be and there is never a dull moment as they learn to navigate the rough waters of the reunion and their relationships—those with each other, with a fascinating supporting cast, and with themselves. It is a magical novel, at turns deeply touching and wickedly funny, and always spot-on in its exploration of the nuances of sisterhood.
And speaking of magical sisters, Deb Tiffany Baker has woven a gorgeous tale of sisters and secrets in THE GILLY SALT SISTERS. Themselves the object of much scrutiny in their Cape Cod village for their magical workings with a nearby salt marsh, Jo and Claire Gilly find their sisterly bond tested over time by one dangerously irresistible man—and the choices their mutual adoration forces them to make. Rich in detail and teeming with lush characters, this is a beautiful novel that delves into the impossible—and unavoidable—dynamics that shape the relationship between sisters.
How about you all? Any books about sisters that are your favorites?