Review :While My Sister Sleeps

7:45 AM

By Barbara Delinsky

Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7393-2801-9 (0-7393-2801-8)

Summary: This is a story of a family in crisis. When Robin Snow, an elite marathoner who is favored to shine at the upcoming Olympic trials, when Robin suffers a heart attack during a training run and fails to regain consciousness, her family is devastated.

Molly's parents understandably fold under the heartbreak, her brother retreats emotionally, and her sister Molly is the one left standing. Molly has always been overshadowed by her sister, but by default, she is thrust into the role of family spokesperson with family, friends and the media. She tries to balance keeping the matter private and letting her sister's friends know what is going on. And in the middle of all that, Molly tries to become her sister's voice when Robin can' t speak for herself. In the process, she finds out many things she didn't know about her sister and her family.

Goodness, I had thought this book sounded so good when I read about it. So I contacted the author to see if she'd be kind enough to send me a copy. I have to say that this book is the most amazing book. It's going on my list of favorite books of all time! While the premise of the story is one we've heard before, I could never have imagined the depths that it would uncover. The emotions that it evokes are complex and will have you really feeling a bit raw. All of us have wondered at one time or another how we'd handle this type of tragedy in our family, which is why I'm sure this story will resonate so strongly with everyone who reads it. The struggles this family goes through as they accept what they have to do, and then actually doing it, is heartbreaking. But Barbara Delinsky doesn't stop with just that. We get an intimate look into the relationship of daughters and mothers, and two sisters, and husbands and wives. The layers that are peeled away little by little just make the story that much more intense. It makes you wonder if you know your family as well as you think you do. I have to admit that I was in tears at more than one point in the book. This book is being released today...and my recommendation is that you run out and get it...NOW! Obviously I loved this book.
A big thank you to Barbara Delinsky for allowing me the privelege of reading this's wonderful!

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