Friday, February 26, 2016

BOOK TALK: The Two-Family House

 I received this book for review from the publisher, St. Martin's Press, via The Reading Room. It is set to be released March 8, 2016. I never automatically give positive reviews because a book is free.

The blurb from Amazon:

"Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins."

I loved this book! I can't remember a time when I genuinely didn't want a book to end. Until now. This is the story of two brothers and their wives who share a two family home in Brooklyn, NY in the late 1940's. The sisters in law become the best of friends, even becoming pregnant at the same time and sharing the ups and downs of their pregnancies. The book follows their friendship, then the deterioration of their relationship over a period of 23 years.

A major plot line occurs early in the story that sets the course of the entire book, but it would be a complete spoiler to discuss it, so I won't. It is told from several character's perspectives, chapter for chapter, which made it even more appealing for me. I was fascinated to watch the character development of two people in particular. One person spirals more and more out of control as each page is turned, while the other one evolves from a terrible guy into a healthy and whole individual. This was so well written! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it in a heartbeat!

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