TLC Book Tour Review: The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

Title: The Moon Sisters
Author: Therese Walsh
ISBN: 9780307461605
Pages: 336
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Crown
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours & Publisher

Synopsis from TLC Book Tours:

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.

My Review:

The story starts with a mother’s suicide and one daughter’s quest to find the place her mother always wanted to visit.  Having an aloof, drunken father, and a grandmother that encourages this journey, Jazz goes after Olivia to help her reach the destination.  Told with such vivid detail, it was quite interesting to read Olivia’s take on foods, emotions, objects, etc.  Having synesthesia, Olivia’s point of view was quite interesting.  Jazz is the level headed sister, who felt most disconnected from her mother and sees her dysfunctional family as it is…nothing flowery…just insane.  Both embark on a journey that deals with train hoppers, getting sidetracked on their journey.

It was interesting for the author to break the book into the different stages of grief, based on Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s model.  Each section also had a letter that the sisters’ mother wrote her own father (their grandfather, respectively).  Even though I couldn’t make the connection with the stages of grief and the issues the sisters were faced in those particular sections of the book, it did remind the reader that the sisters were grieving and both had their ways of coping with this loss and finding meaning in that tragic circumstance.

It’s a story of sisterly love, sometimes hate or resentment, and how one can move on when someone they love lets go.


About Therese Walsh

THERESE WALSH is the author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy and the cofounder of Writer Unboxed. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children.

Follow Therese on Twitter and Facebook.






Therese Walsh’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, March 3rd:  Lit and Life

Tuesday, March 4th:  Beth Fish Reads – “Today’s Read” guest post

Tuesday, March 4th:  Book Club Classics!

Wednesday, March 5th:  Book-a-licious Mama

Thursday, March 6th:  girlichef

Friday, March 7th:  Books in the Burbs

Monday, March 10th:  Bookchickdi

Tuesday, March 11th:  Traveling with T

Wednesday, March 12th:  Patricia’s Wisdom

Thursday, March 13th:  Book Snob

Friday, March 14th:  The Book Barn

Tuesday, March 18th:  Fiction Addict

Tuesday, March 18th:  5 Minutes for Moms

Wednesday, March 19th:  Time 2 Read

Thursday, March 20th:  Bibliotica

Monday, March 24th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Wednesday, March 26th:  A Novel Review

Thursday, March 27th:  A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, April 1st:  Suko’s Notebook

Wednesday, April 2nd:  A Reader of Fictions

Tuesday, April 8th:  Books a la Mode

A huge thanks to TLC Book Tours!!



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