Friday, May 17, 2024

Five top fictional works featuring sisters

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the new novel We Were the Universe and the short story collection Black Light, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. A recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and Columbia University, Parsons won the 2020 National Magazine Award for “Foxes,” a story published in The Paris Review. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and children.

At Lit Hub she tagged five favorite fictional works featuring sisters, including:
Cecily Wong, Kaleidoscope

Riley and Morgan Brighton—the dynamic, beautifully rendered sisters in Cecily Wong’s Kaleidoscope—are opposites in many ways, but they love each other tremendously. They are close-knit, well adjusted, and supportive (without giving too much away, the opening scene exemplifies the way siblings bond during hard times, showing how resilient they can be when tackling problems together). When a sudden tragedy strikes, Riley is forced to reexamine her relationship with Morgan, with herself, and with the world at large—she sets out on a radiant path of discovery.

Kaleidoscope is impeccably structured and thoroughly researched—it’s about sisterhood, but it’s also part adventure story, part travelogue, and there’s even a little bit of mystery mixed in. Wong’s dry humor and careful observations underpin this moving, ultimately hopeful novel.
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--Marshal Zeringue