From bestselling author, Lynn Cullen comes a novel set during the Great Depression following two estranged sisters and their mother—who has spent a lifetime hiding a desperate secret that could dismantle the entire family.
Most of the story flows naturally and realistically. However, towards the end, there is one revelation regarding Dorothy’s first relationship that seems to come out of left field, adding an unnecessary and abrupt element to the narrative. This complication serves to confuse more than enhance the storyline, but thankfully does not impact the book as a whole. Historical fiction fans will revel in the Depression-era storyline, which draws upon that time period’s fascination with radio personalities, including Betty Crocker ... While readers may find the sisters’ stories too neatly resolved, The Sisters of Summit Avenue is still a solid addition to the historical fiction genre and a highly enjoyable read.
Though some revelations feel rushed, Cullen explores a complex, realistic dynamic between sisters who have never resolved their contentious youthful traumas and grounds her story with convincing historical details. Fans of Paula McLain will love this.
The story is heartfelt, but two prologues and a big cast of unnecessarily named minor characters create confusion; a dust storm that should be terrifying isn't; and a contrived climax features an antihero who reappears, briefly, after a 33-year absence. In a rushed ending, Ruth gets her wish, sort of and not in a good way. Sibling rivalry, betrayal, resentment, and cowardice add spice to this saga of sisters.