From the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of How to Be an American Housewife—the poignant story of estranged sisters reunited when a mysterious request from their ailing mother reveals a long-buried family secret.
Rachel and Drew Snow might be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Rachel is happily married but hasn’t returned to her childhood home since her strict father kicked her out after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, pursued a passion for music but longs for the stability that has always eluded her.
But when their deferential Japanese mother, Hikari, is diagnosed with dementia, the sisters come together to locate a particular book she asks for in a rare moment of lucidity. The book—an epic saga of female samurai in twelfth-century Japan—reveals truths about Drew and Rachel’s relationship that ends up connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets.
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The award-winning author of How to Be an American Housewife returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits.
Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths.
Married to a wonderful man and a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn’t returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Hikari, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel’s domineering father, Killian becomes enraged.
In a rare moment of lucidity, Hikari asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister’s help in the search. The book—which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan—reveals truths about Drew and Rachel’s relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets.
“As Rachel and Drew overcome their past contentious relationship to unite in a front to protect their mother, the heroic exploits of this honored figure in Japanese history inspire and imbue them with the fortitude to confront their father’s overpowering ways. Spanning centuries, Dilloway’s intricate, multigenerational saga of repressive family dynamics offers a timeless look at the bonds of sisterhood.” —Booklist
“The ways in which Rachel and Drew learn from Tomoe and Yamabuki and apply those lessons to their own lives are unexpected and ultimately satisfying. In this enjoyable novel, imperfect and at times unlikable women become lovable.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A skillfully woven tale where the lore of a twelfth-century female samurai helps two present-day sisters release the past and heal their fractured lives. Vivid, detailed, and historically fascinating.” —Beth Hoffman, New York Times–bestselling author of Looking for Me
“I deeply admire Margaret Dilloway’s deftness in braiding together past and present, but what I love best about this book is that every relationship rings true, particularly the complicated bonds of sisterhood. As Drew and Rachel struggle toward each other, butting heads, wrestling with old jealousies, discovering deep reservoirs of love, I kept thinking: ‘Yes! That’s it. That’s exactly how it is.’” —Marisa de los Santos, New York Times–bestselling author of Love Walked In and Belong to Me