NAMES MY SISTERS CALL ME
This engaging story of family and
love toes the precarious line of stereotyping its characters, but it's to Crane's credit that the story rises above such confinements of character. Courtney's fiance, Lucas, is fabulously drawn, and the inevitable blow-ups between the feisty sisters is first-class drama. Least appealing, however, is the presence of Courtney's first love and his enigmatic relationship with both Raine and Courtney.
When Courtney gets engaged, she figures now is as good a time as any to stop the quarreling between her two older sisters, Norah and Raine. The capricious and selfish Raine "ruined" Norah's wedding and they've been estranged the last six years. Courtney sets off for San Francisco to find Raine and bridge the gap. Her intentions aren't entirely selfless, however, since Courtney is well aware that wherever Raine happens to be, Courtney's first love, Matt,
won't be too far behind. (5 Spot, Apr.,
318 pp., $13.99)