Sisterly Love and Novels

“Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” Margaret Mead

I don’t have a sister. And to be honest, I am quite jealous of sisters. I miss having a sister when I see sisters happily enjoying their happy moments on the beach or a sibling road trip or an impulsive shopping spree.

You know, you don’t have to explain so many things to her because she has lived all that with you..the family, the relatives, the school, and neighborhood.

She could be a termagant or as gentle as a dove. You could be jealous of her flirtatious ways or admire her for her courage or intelligence. But still, she remains your first friend, first rival and your first fashion guide.

Here, I have picked up few books that delve into cute and sometimes annoying moments of sisterly love.

Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen is one of the most read books in the world. It is a perfect and humorous story of love which gently explores the gender politics and moral values. The book looks at the world of five Bennet sisters where finding rich husbands is the as sure way to get into the world of respect and position.

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The Sisters by Nancy Jensen is a tragic, heartbreaking and touching novel, about two sisters spanning three generations. The world of Mabel and Bertie falls apart after series of misunderstanding, sadness, loses and betrayals. Set in Kentucky, it is the saga of family bondings and their intimate feelings.

In her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner is a fresh and funny take on the lives of two sisters who are poles apart. The elder one is a successful lawyer with no love life and the younger one sexually attractive and beautiful dreams of fame and fortune. They have only a few things in common between them..their DNA, and their shoe size and mutual hatred for their stepmother. Together these girls try to find out their family histories and secrets and in the process help each other in finding their true selves.

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Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran is an enchanting and exotic tale set in Ireland. Three sisters fled Iran and create a Persian oasis in the cold and bland land by opening a Babylon Café. The aroma of their food helps them make friends in faraway land amidst the unwelcoming villagers. Read this delightful book while smelling cardamon, saffron, rosewater, and cinnamon.

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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See is about a life-changing journey undertaken by two Chinese sisters who are carefree, beautiful and ambitious. They are married off by their weak father to two brothers in the USA.   Enjoy this moving and compassionate tale where sisters immigrate to the land of hope and freedom.

“May and I are sisters. We’ll always fight, but we’ll always make up as well. That’s what sisters do: we argue, we point out each other’s frailties, mistakes, and bad judgment, we flash the insecurities we’ve had since childhood, and then we come back together. Until the next time. ”
― Lisa See, Shanghai Girls

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