Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters' Song traces the lives of two very different sisters. One for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget.
As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1926, everything changes. The two young girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora's musical talent. Nora eventually follows her dream of a brilliant musical career while Ida takes a job as a nanny, and their lives become quite separate.
The two sisters are reunited when Nora's life takes an unwelcome direction and she finds herself, embittered and resentful, isolated in the Tasmanian bush with a husband and children.
Ida longs passionately for a family, and when she marries Len, a reliable and good man, she hopes to soon become a mother. Over time, it becomes clear that this is never likely to happen. In Ida's eyes, it seems that Nora possesses everything in life that could possibly matter, yet she values none of it.
Set in rural Tasmania over a span of 70 years, the strengths and flaws of motherhood are revealed through the mercurial relationship of these two very different sisters. The Sisters' Song speaks of dreams, children and family, all entwined with a musical thread that binds them together.
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- Anonymous User
Loved this novel. Tender, insightful, relatable and totally unputdownable. Highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a lovely down to earth read that is still not too predictable.
Such a beautiful story of two sisters. Set in Tasmania this wonderful story follows the lives of the two sisters, through all the highs and lows that life throws their way. As with all relationships there are periods of anger, frustration, hate but also love, caring, pride and sorrow. No character is without fault but the writing handles their lives with dignity and care. I absolutely loved this novel and the narration was also wonderful.