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by Mary Hogan
On Sale Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
A powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters learning how to live with the emotional damage caused by years of keeping family secrets
The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been the outsider. Single, twenty-three, she's living in a New York City rent-stabilized walk-up, a bird's nest of an apartment outfitted as much by serendipity as by intent: note the three-legged bedside table, her squat hand-painted pine dresser, a splotchy framed mirror, the spindled bathroom corner shelf-all found curbside on garbage day.
Her perfect older sister, Pia, lives in an endless house in Connecticut with her handsome, thick-haired husband, Will, her tween daughter, Emma, and a frothy, russet-colored Labradoodle named Root Beer. Pia is altogether Muriel's opposite. Muriel eats takeout from the carton; Pia makes salads from the microgreens in her garden. Pia takes "me" time to pray and do yoga. She believes every word in the bible, her faith pure and unquestioning. Pia is remarkably like their mother, Lidia. Or so Lidia would have Pia believe. Muriel knows better. Years earlier she discovered the truth about her mother's lies-not that she'll ever tell.
The story begins on an ordinary Saturday which turns out to be anything but. When Pia calls Muriel out of the blue, Muriel expects the same lecture about slimming down, toning up, highlighting her hair, getting a better job, and moving into an elevator building. Only this time it's different. Distressingly so. Pia takes the train into the city to visit her sister and leave her with-yet another-terrible secret she is sworn to keep.