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29 April 2010

Book Tour & Review: My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter

Title: My Sister's Voice
Author: Mary Carter
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN: 978-0758229205
Genre: Fiction


About the Book:

What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie? In Mary Carter’s unforgettable new novel, one woman is about to find out. . .

At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…”

Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple. And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.

Complex, moving, and beautifully told, My Sister’s Voice is a novel about sisterhood, love of every shape, and the stories we cling to until real life comes crashing in…

My Review:

The search for identity, truth, and beauty are key elements found in My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter. Identical twin girls reared apart; one profoundly deaf, the other hearing, yet neither aware of the other's existence until they were 28 years old when Lacey Gears receives an anonymous note telling her she has an identical sister, Monica Bowman. While the story and characters were a bit difficult to warm up to in the beginning, the second half of the book and the messages contained within the novel are well worth the wait. Mary Carter's novel clearly and eloquently describes in vivid detail what it is like growing up profoundly deaf. I learned so much about the Deaf community that I would not have known had I not read this book and we learn through the character of Lacey how the hearing and Deaf communities differ and how proud she is to be deaf. My Sister's Voice is a look at how destructive family secrets can be, and the importance of one knowing one's true identity, living truthfully and filling one's life with beauty. My Sister's Voice is a story that will capture the attention of the reader as well as the reader's heart. My Sister's Voice offers up a variety of intriguing topics to contemplate and digest, making the novel quite captivating and enlightening.

About the Author:

MARY CARTER is a freelance writer and novelist. My Sister’s Voice is her fourth novel with Kensington. Her other works include: She’ll Take It, Accidentally Engaged, Sunnyside Blues, and The Honeymoon House in the best selling anthology Almost Home. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has just completed A Very Maui Christmas, a new novella for Kensington that will be included in a Christmas of 2010 anthology. She is currently working on a new novel, The Pub Across the Pond, about an American woman who swears off all Irish men only to learn she’s won a pub in Ireland. Readers are welcome to visit her at her website.

Mary Carter’s MY SISTER’S VOICE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 will officially began on April 5 and will end on May 28 2010. You can visit Mary’s blog stops at during the month of April and May to find out more about this great book and talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This gave me the chills, just thinking about this particular situation. I am a sucker for this kind of story (kids separated at birth, etc.) and the added dimension of hearing loss and that whole issue...very compelling.

Thanks for the review, Jennifer.

Felicia S. said...

That sounds like an emotionally intense read! Great Review!