When I was growing up, my sister was my main playmate. We lived in a small town without other kids our age anywhere nearby. It never occurred to us that we could ask our mom to bring us to someone else's house to play; it was just a given that we had to amuse ourselves with whatever we had at hand. What we had was each other, a small house, and a big yard. So we spent a lot of time outside, mapping out pretend houses from grass clippings, creating sets for our Barbie dolls to star in, and playing with the various cats and dogs that were our pets over the years.
Because our house was small, we not only shared the same bedroom, but we slept in the same bed, and sometimes when we fought we drew a pretend line down the middle of the bed and dared the each other to wiggle even a toe in enemy territory. Like the sisters in Therese Walsh's book The Moon Sisters
, our personalities are very different, which means there was inevitably conflict when we had so much time together.
But our time together meant we also shared a special bond despite our differences. And even though now we live across the country from each other, our shared history and the fact that we know we can always count on each other for support will always keep up close.
Today, as part of the celebration of Therese Walsh's second novel, The Moon Sisters
, I'm taking part in a blog tour where all the participants are writing about sisters. You just read my story. Also, if you leave a comment here today, you will be entered to win a copy of Walsh's new book. One person from all participating blogs will be chosen.
Tomorrow I'm running a review of Walsh's book. Check back then to see what I thought about it (hint: I can highly recommended it!).
Teaser About Therese Walsh's The Moon Sisters
In The Moon Sisters
, her second novel, Therese Walsh wanted to write about one sister’s quest to find will-o’-the-wisp light, which was her mother’s unfulfilled dream. Also called “foolish fires,” these lights are sometimes seen over wetlands and are thought to lead those who follow them to treasure. Despite the promise, they are never captured and sometimes lead to injury or even death for adventurers who follow them. The metaphor of that fire – that some dreams and goals are impossible to reach, and that hope itself may not be innately good – eventually rooted its way into deeper meaning as the Moon sisters tried to come to terms with real-world dreams and hopes, and with each other, in their strange new world.
Olivia and Jazz Moon are polar opposites: one a dreamy synesthete, able to see sounds and smell sights and the other controlling and reality driven. What will happen when they are plunged into 24/7 togetherness and control is not an option? Will they ever be able to see the world through the other’s eyes and confront the things they fear the most? Death. Suicide. The loss of faith and hope. Will they ultimately believe that life is worth living, despite the lack of promise?
The writing of The Moon Sisters
was a five year journey and at times author Therese Walsh felt like it was her own “foolish fire.” But remember, some fires are worth the chase!
Coming tomorrow: my review of The Moon Sisters
. Read my review of Walsh's first book, The Last Will of Moira Leahy
. Find out more about Walsh at http://www.theresewalsh.com/
Here's where you can find book club materials for The Moon Sisters
. And here's another book review at WOW! Women on Writing's The Muffin: http://www.theresewalsh.com/the-moon-sisters/book-clubs/