The Geometry of Sisters

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The Geometry of Sisters

It’s been a very rough year for the Shaw family. Their beloved husband and father drowned during the annual family vacation. The oldest daughter Carrie ran away immediately after the tragedy. Beck the youngest daughter began to steal things and isn’t coping well with the changes. Maggie, their mom, was forced to go into the work force for the first time. Travis the only son seems to be doing okay but everyone knows that he’s missing his dad too.
Maggie was recruited to move from OH to teach at an expensive boarding school in CT. She felt this would give them a fresh start. She still retained a detective to search for Carrie with hopes that she would join them. Maggie’s sister, Katherine, lives in Newport. Katherine is an artist and the summer that Maggie spent with her was one of the best Maggie had even had. It also gave Maggie a secret that until a few years ago she had kept from everyone, even her husband. When that secret was exposed, her marriage was never the same. Could Carrie have learned this secret? Is this why she ran or did Carrie have her own secret she didn’t want anyone to know about?
The special relationship between several sets of sisters is intertwined in this heart wrenching and warming story. Beck feels as though part of her is missing as she deals with Carrie not being at home. Maggie wants the closeness that she once had with Katherine until they both fell in love with the same man. Even the school ghost has a sister with her! The sister theme continues when Beck’s new best friend is the sister of Travis’s new girlfriend. This book is divided into 3 sections with each dedicated to a set of sisters and their story is the central part of that section though the other characters are very much involved and in those sections. 
While the book does focus on the love between sisters, it also has a romantic love story in it. Back during that summer vacation Maggie had to Newport, she meet and fell in love with an artist even though she was engaged to Andy back in OH. It was more than a summer fling but Maggie needed the security that Andy offered instead of the wildness DJ did. What Maggie doesn’t know is that DJ has been watching her ever since and still keeping track of her and her family. When she sees DJ again, he’s not the same man he once was but the feeling are still there. Are they real or just a reflection of what was or could have been?
This feels like a real story about a real family so things aren’t always pretty and neat. You aren’t sure there is going to be a happy ending. Things are messy and awkward. Beck is back to stealing. Will her new friends let her down or will she get the understanding that she needs? Travis’s girl friend isn’t the girl he thought she was but is he ready to break up or does he work on making the relationship work? Will the love that the Shaw family feels for each other be enough as family secrets come to light and people aren’t who they have always seemed to be? 
The drama in this story pulls from real life. This gives it a realistic quality that grips you and you don’t want to let go. It’s every parent’s nightmare to have a run away child and not know where they are and if they’re still alive. To see a child grieve in a socially unacceptable way and not be able to help them has to be a major heartache for those around the child. The despair, frustration, love and hope came through this story allowing the reader to feel it and live it along with the Shaw family and friends. 

Book Blurb for The Geometry of Sisters

What is one sister without the other? Is it even possible to imagine?

New York Times
bestselling author Luanne Rice explores with the penetrating insight for which she’s acclaimed to explore the complex emotional equations of love and loyalty that hold together three pairs of remarkable sisters—a bond that proves powerful and true even in the face of loss and tragedy. Here in the halls of Newport Academy, a unique private school that has attracted generations of rebels, outcasts, and visionaries, a poignant and unforgettable lesson in the eternal truths of sisterhood is about to begin….

After years away, Maggie Shaw has returned to Newport to teach English at the academy. Behind her lies her life as the perfect midwestern wife and mother, a life that seemed on the surface to be all she had ever wished for. Ahead lie long-buried truths cracked open by the unfathomable loss of her husband and eldest daughter.

Newport has never failed to infuse Maggie with a sense of mystery, romance—and hope. But for fourteen-year-old Beck, the move is a painful upheaval from everything she has ever loved—especially her sister, Carrie. Ever since her father and sister disappeared into the storm-tossed waters off Mackinac Island, Beck has retreated into the world of mathematics, where principles are permanent, unlike so many other things in life. Without Carrie, Beck has lost half of herself—the half that would have fit in at the elite private school she and her brother, Travis, will now attend. The half that made things right. Still, Beck clings to the hope that her sister will return. For her body remains undiscovered—and only Beck knows about Carrie’s last day, about her plans.

Beck isn’t alone in her struggle to adjust. At sixteen, Travis is juggling a long-distance first love and an attraction to an expensive-looking girl with a wicked sparkle in her eye. And for Maggie, ghosts linger here—an unresolved breach with her own beloved sister and a long-ago secret that may now have the power to set her free….

Set against the breathtaking beauty of the New England coast at its most dramatic, populated by a cast of indelible characters, The Geometry of Sisters is Luanne Rice at her most compelling, a dazzling world to which readers will want to return again and again.


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2009 5.00