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While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
February 26, 2009 - Amy Phelps
New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky returns with a story of a family in crisis in "While My Sister Sleeps." Molly Snow feels like she lives in her sister Robin's shadow. Robin is a world-class runner with her eye on the Olympics and their mother clearly favors Robin. While Molly and her brother Chris, work in the family plant business, Robin is the one that everyone drops everything for. When Molly decides to not track Robin's latest run and instead go to a meeting for work, she is horrified to learn that her sister collapsed during the run and a Good Samaritan found her. At the hospital, the family learns that Robin has suffered a major heart attack and has extensive brain damage. Their mother blames Molly for not going with her, the Good Samaritan for not finding her in time, and isn't handling it well. Molly is pushed into being family spokesperson as questions pour in from concerned friends and local media. As Molly attempts to help guide her family through their tragedy, she learns a secret about Robin that makes her rethink everything she knew about her family. And Molly finds herself bonding with an unlikely source. Molly changes and grows through the book, going from a person in the shadows to a stronger person who is willing to step up and take care of her family, even when it is hard. Likewise, her brother Chris grows from someone unable to communicate with his wife to someone who understands the importance of communication. A sad, but thought-provoking and highly emotional novel, be sure to bring a box of tissues with you when you read this. This book explores the relationships of siblings and parents, and how they are affected in the wake of a tragedy, as well as the importance of communication and its affect on families. Delinsky is a master of tackling tough subjects with her characters and challenging them and the reader. "While My Sister Sleeps" is published by Doubleday. It is $25.95 and 319 pages long
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