I have never been hiking in West Virginia until I read THE MOON SISTERS, and yet I have encountered dreamers, sensible daughters, Polish grandmothers, handsome fathers, writer mothers, and violence against children. THE MOON SISTERS is a Wonderful journey story of 2 sisters who are discovering their true selves, after the sudden death of their mother. Suicide or Accident? They are sure they know the answer, the reason and they are bound up in each other’s story as they journey through the stages of death and their emotions.
I would just turn right around and read THE MOON SISTERS again; I am sure I could not capture all the symbolism and moments of truth. My review schedule is too tight and full, I will have to reserve that pleasure for another read space. When I do pick the book up again, I will pay more attention to references and a metaphor, such as the sun, dreaming, wanting, trees, trees of life, being stung, rail roads and highways right down to water, streams and bogs.
Olivia is 18, partially blind, and is very spirited – “who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights” – is certain beyond a doubt that she is to go to the Cranberry Bog, see will –o- the-wisps and complete her mother’s fantasy novel. Jazz (22) is ready to move forward in her life and is shortly starting a new job; is practical, logical and full of anger. Olivia sets out with her bag of her Mother’s ashes and the family insists that Jazz guide her sister through this journey of acceptance and understanding.
They encounter two other “characters”, train hoppers, as the sisters learn about other painful parenting problems which have been physically abusive and must proceed through their own journey of loss and recovery. They are all on similar paths and stumbling through the forest of emotions together. As they reflect emotions, the sisters are taking us into their lives and perceptions and figuring out new ways to proceed; – tasting emotions, seeing ideas, and smelling tomorrow.
“If you live your whole life hoping and dreaming the wrong things, what does that mean about your whole life?”
When you read THE MOON SISTERS take the time to think about what the Sun, Trees, Bogs, Blind Spots and Biscuits might be symbolizing – make wishes and learn from your dreams – take a walk to change your perspective and let others be themselves. Learn about photisms and will-o’-the wisps, and take a few notes about the memories which come to your mind as you enjoy a cranberry biscuit and read until the wee hours.
I found it fun that Therese Walsh took the time to ask her Facebook readers to assist her in thinking up names for towns that could be found in West Virginia. She researched lots of new terms and railroad talk, and had great local color in this fictional tale. The author lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. She made this Tramp real.
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