Title: The Moon Sisters
Author: Therese Walsh
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Number of Pages: 336
How I Got It: NetGalley
This mesmerizing coming-of-age novel, with its sheen of near-magical realism, is a moving tale of family and the power of stories. After their mother's probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz take steps to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia—who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights—is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother's unfinished novel to lay her spirit properly to rest.
Already resentful of Olivia’s foolish quest and her family’s insistence upon her involvement, Jazz is further aggravated when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches to a worldly train-hopper who warns he shouldn’t be trusted. As they near their destination, the tension builds between the two sisters, each hiding something from the other, until they are finally forced to face everything between them and decide what is really important.
I had a tough time getting into this book but think it might just be me. First of all, the two main characters are sisters, Jazz and Olivia. I felt the entire time that I read the novel that they had the wrong names. The selfish sister with synesthesia should have a name like Jazz and the stubborn, straight-forward sister should have been named Olivia. Not the other way around. I don't know why but this just really felt wrong during my entire reading. But then again, the whole novel is filled with difficult and disagreeable characters. I know some readers love this type of character but I do not. I would recommend this to readers who like Aimee Bender. I didn't love it but I think readers who like Bender's style of uncomfortable magic realism would enjoy it.
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**