Thayer illustrates sibling bonds and rivalries with insight and compassion. Each of the three sisters is compelling, and their stories emotional. The novel moves quickly, with a mix of current action and backstory reflection. The Nantucket setting is perfect for summertime reading.
Abbie, Emma and Lily formed a tight bond after losing their mother. As adults, they have taken different paths. When Emma returns home after a devastating job loss and breakup, Lily asks Abbie to return from Europe to help Emma out of her depression. Abbie reluctantly resumes the mothering role. The sisters come to terms with their insecurities and jealousies, deal with the family’s financial strain and the fact that their father is falling in love. (BALLANTINE, Jun., 384 pp., $25.00)