About the Book
Publisher: William Morrow (April 28, 2020)
Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.
But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.
When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.
Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?
By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.
Praise for The Sweeney Sisters“This is a big-hearted belly-laugh of a book, told with wit and poignancy. Family secrets, laughter and tears, shocking reveals, and an uplifting ending make this a story to savor–and share.” —Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of The Oysterville Sewing Circle
“Dolan uses her experience in podcasting with her own sisters to craft believable women characters who worry about real problems and use wry humor to push through dark moments . . . . A warmhearted portrait of love embracing true hearts.” —Kirkus
I have to admit that I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the cover. In case you can’t tell I’m a bit of a cover snob, so when I see a cover I love I feel that I NEED that book. But hey, it’s gotten me to read a bunch of amazing books that I might not necessarily read on my own. Although, I think I would’ve found my way to The Sweeney Sisters even if I wasn’t head over heels for the cover. I mean, it’s a story about sisters, and those are always so good!
So, any good story about sisters is rife with drama. And boy oh boy do the Sweeney sisters find themselves in a heap of drama! But the drama was all tactfully handled without getting too much (even though I do love some good melodrama). I find it interesting how the DNA testing was added into the story, as it’s something that so many people are doing right now. It’s really interesting to see how those we thought we knew everything about may have had some hidden secrets locked away.
And while this family has it’s own drama it’s still a family. The sisters all loved and cared for one another, and that’s something that I often times find lacking in books. It’s refreshing to see a story about a family that isn’t disintegrating and full of those trying to tear one another apart. Obviously given the late addition of a new sister will cause some upheaval, but in the end everyone is family.
About the Author
Lian is the producer and host of Satellite Sisters, the award-winning talk show she created with her four real sisters. On Satellite Sisters, she’s interviewed everyone from Nora Ephron to Madeleine Albright to Big Bird. Satellite Sisters began life as a syndicated radio show and is now a top-rated podcast for women. The recent book by the Satellite Sisters, You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, is popular with book clubs.
A popular speaker who combines humor and heart, Lian has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning and The Today Show and many local TV stations. She’s been a featured speaker at the LA Times Festival of Books, the Santa Barbara Celebrity Authors Lunch, the Literary Guild of Orange County Festival of Women Authors and dozens of other events at libraries, book stores, schools and women’s organizations across the country. In 2020, she’ll be on the faculty of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop.
Lian graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Classics. She lives in Pasadena, California with her husband, two sons and a big German shepherd.
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