Twins have always interested me. They are different from us and yet still unique in their own ways. In Splinters of Light, Nora and Mariana are always there for each other, but Nora needs her more than ever. This is a pretty decent size book and it was a slow read for me. I constantly had to take breaks and come back to it to finish. I think it was a good story because it re-enforces the fact that when things get bad, you will always have your family there to support you.
In the story, it was Mariana who first spotted something wrong, the way Nora would stare blankly into space, and the way she would cock her head like she’s listening to something. Nora’s different than the people Mariana is used to, she’s more stressed and she knows something is going on that she just can’t figure out. Like any sister Mariana does her best to make it better, like trying to get Nora to go out and have fun.
Nora’s relationship with her daughter has changed and rightly so since she’s 16 now. Even though Nora tries to connect with her, it’s not going as smoothly as she’d hoped.
From the acclaimed author of Pack Up the Moon comes a poignant and beautiful novel about love, loss, and the unbreakable bonds of family?particularly those between mothers, daughters, and sisters.
Ten years ago, Nora Glass started writing essays about being a single mother of a six-year-old daughter. Her weekly column made her a household name, and over the years, her fans have watched Ellie grow from a toddler to a teenager.
But now Nora is facing a problem that can’t be overcome. Diagnosed with a devastating disease that will eventually take away who she is, she is scared for herself, but even more frightened about what this will mean for her sixteen-year-old daughter.
Now Nora has no choice but to let go of her hard-won image as a competent, self-assured woman, and turn to the one person who has always relied on her: her twin sister, Mariana. Nora and Mariana couldn’t be more different from one another, and they’ve always had a complicated relationship. But now the two sisters will have to summon the strength to help them all get through a future none of them could have ever imagined, while uncovering the joy and beauty that was always underneath.