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The Alphabet Sisters
The Alphabet Sisters
Author: Monica McInerney
As girls growing up in Clare Valley, Australia, Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. The unbridled enthusiasm of their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women haven't spoken in years-ever since Bett's fiance deserted her to marry ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345479532
ISBN-10: 034547953X
Publication Date: 5/17/2005
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 96 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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jscrappy avatar reviewed The Alphabet Sisters on + 59 more book reviews
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.
dbs avatar reviewed The Alphabet Sisters on + 329 more book reviews
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.
reviewed The Alphabet Sisters on + 54 more book reviews
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.
reviewed The Alphabet Sisters on + 149 more book reviews
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
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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reviewed The Alphabet Sisters on + 556 more book reviews
Good chic lit set in Australia. Pretty predictable
Zydeco avatar reviewed The Alphabet Sisters on + 80 more book reviews
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 !!!!!!
glendajoan avatar reviewed The Alphabet Sisters on + 6 more book reviews
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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