Book Reviews of The Alphabet Sisters

The Alphabet Sisters
The Alphabet Sisters
Author: Monica McInerney
ISBN-13: 9780345479532
ISBN-10: 034547953X
Publication Date: 5/17/2005
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 95 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
This is a sweet story of three sisters who are brought together by their grandmother in order to resolve the conflict that has kept them apart for years. I liked the setting best of all, at the motel the sisters' parents run in the vineyard country of Australia. The sisters seem very real, although the grandmother is a little too precious to be real. And a tragedy at the end takes some of the fun out of the story. But I enjoyed it anyway.
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Helpful Score: 6
Excellent read, I found the characters of Bett, Anna, and Carrie and wonderful Grandma Lola to be very real. This book made me laugh and empathize and fight down a lump in my throat. Very enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the story of three sisters in Australia who used to be a sister act. They have a falling out. When they all visit Australia for their grandmother's 80 birthday, all the old problems are brought out again. It's a good book and one I am sorry I have finished.
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Helpful Score: 3
Australian novelist McInerney's American debut centers on three estranged sisters who come home to Clare Valley, Australia, for their grandmother's eightieth birthday. Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan haven't spoken in three years, since Bett's fiance jilted her for Carrie and Anna's attempts to mediate failed miserably. Their grandmother Lola still has fond memories of when the girls sang together in their youth as the Alphabet Sisters, so she devises a plot to get the girls to stay: she's written a musical she wants them to produce with the help of the denizens of Clare Valley. Though outwardly reluctant, each sister has a reason for wanting to stay. Anna's marriage to Glenn is failing, and her young daughter, Ellen, is recovering from a dog attack, from which she still bears the scars. Bett has quit her job in London and is considering a new start in Clare Valley. And Carrie's marriage to Michael might be in trouble. This warm, involving novel about the depth of the bond between sisters will likely be popular with book groups.
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Helpful Score: 2
The setting is Australia; story of 4 adult sisters. Very well developed characters thruout the whole family; believable family dynamics. Funny and sad and a great story.
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Helpful Score: 2
I thought this was a good book but sort of slow moving. It took me awhile to get into it but I was really glad I finished it and read the whole thing.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. A good story about the love found in families & the sisterly bond.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great entertaining, uplifting read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great chic and "sisters" novel.
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Helpful Score: 1
this was a fabuloous book about 3 sisters and their relationships. I couldn't put it down!
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This book will make you laugh and cry.
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Nice family story.
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This book is a heart warming story of three sisters that come together during a families time of need after spending years apart due to a sisterly feud.
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I loved this book at the beginning and even up to 2/3 of the way through - witty dialogue, some very funny lines, great characters.
Then the writer threw in a totally unnecessary ***** crisis (I don't want to give away the nature of the crisis) - I skimmed page after page, waiting for the story to pick up again. "You'll laugh, you'll cry" except that I didn't cry.
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Oh, this was a lovely book - and one that I enjoyed much more than the other one of hers that I read (_Family Baggage_). I certainly didn't expect for the book to make me cry - which it did. I did enjoy it enormously though I will certainly keep an eye out for this author in bookstores. Though it was mostly predictable, it was still a lot of fun to read. An escapist story, perfect for a plane ride or a beach!
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This is one of my favorite books. Great read!!!
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Could not put it down...fast enough. Although I rarely don't finish a book, I made an exception in this case. I thought the story line was predictable and syrup-y. The characters were neatly chiseled and packaged with their personal baggage. I plodded along, thinking that some theme(s) of interest would arise, but I was mistaken.
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I found this to be a great book ... full of surprises and interesting twists. I could not wait to get in bed at the end of the day to read more ! The character development was great as was the story line !! Will have to try another book by the author.
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A big, funny, emotinal story about Australian sisters, some who are estranged, heading back to their family's motel and returning to the roles they had as children.

Having spent time in Australia, I can say that the desciptions of the land and people are just part of what makes this book great. Very highly recommended !!!!!!
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Great Book
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This was a really good book! I enjoyed the grandmother the most!
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This book was really good.