My Sister's VoiceBy Mary Carter
About My Sister’s VoiceWhat do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie? In Mary Carter’s unforgettable new novel, one woman is about to find out. . .
At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…”
Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple. And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.
Complex, moving, and beautifully told, My Sister’s Voice is a novel about sisterhood, love of every shape, and the stories we cling to until real life comes crashing in…
About Mary CarterMARY CARTER is a freelance writer and novelist. My Sister’s Voice is her fourth novel with Kensington. Her other works include: She’ll Take It, Accidentally Engaged, Sunnyside Blues, and The Honeymoon House in the best selling anthology Almost Home. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has just completed A Very Maui Christmas, a new novella for Kensington that will be included in a Christmas of 2010 anthology. She is currently working on a new novel, The Pub Across the Pond, about an American woman who swears off all Irish men only to learn she’s won a pub in Ireland. Readers are welcome to visit her at marycarterbooks.com.
In this complex story of Lacey Gears, a 28 year old portrait artist, who also happens to be deaf, I found as many questions as answers, some of them still remain unresolved in my mind. I didn’t really get the parent’s motivation or line of reasoning, but then, in real life, there is a lot I don’t get about how people choose to live their lives.
The book blurb above gives you the story synopsis, but what it doesn’t tell you is how interesting I found Lacey’s character. Having close friends and members of my family who are hearing impaired, I found her behavior, reactions, and edginess to be very realistic. I also found her ability to find humor in her hearing problem, especially the lip-reading, to be endearing and very typical of those who are deaf. As Lacey deals with a newly discovered past, a life and family previously unknown, her search for answers will tug at your heartstrings, anger you and pull you deeper into her developing relationship with her estranged twin, Monica. These sisters are so different, yet elementally connected despite their separation.
This book is all about the characters, and Lacey Gears is one I won’t forget for a long time.
A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the author