WHY: “A touching, beautifully crafted story.
“In her latest novel, Alix Ohlin paints a luminous portrait of two half-sisters, Lark and Robin, daughters of a single mother in Montreal who flits from job to job and feels ‘imprisoned’ by child-rearing.
“Lark, older by four years, thus becomes Robin’s caregiver and, eventually, her legal guardian after Robin follows her to the small college in Massachusetts to which Lark received a full scholarship. Next, they move to a tiny apartment in New York City, where Lark is a graduate student in film, and the super-talented Robin studies piano at Juilliard. Over the years, Lark works for a documentary filmmaker, honing her skills and gradually becoming known for her own work and fulfilling a life-long dream. Robin takes a different direction, dropping out of Juilliard, wandering the world, and eventually establishing a wolf preserve in Canada’s Laurentian Mountains. They connect on and off until Lark reaches out, finally becoming the one in need of help.
“Ohlin’s touching, beautifully crafted story traces the unbreakable bond holding the sisters together, even when miles apart, through many changes.”
–Deborah Donovan, BOOKLIST
“A lovely, deeply moving work. A lyrical account of the lives of two women, their failures and hopes, and ultimately their quiet redemption.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
“An engrossing and intricate tale…an exceptional depiction of the bond between sisters.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY