Henry’s Sisters by Cathy Lamb
Isabelle Bommarito is a mess.
She continuously picks up men… connects for a night and then disposes of them quickly. As in now… as in LEAVE.
Cecilia Bommarito is depressed. Her husband is having an affair right under her nose. And so she eats… and eats… and eats while her anger boils over onto anyone in the way.
Janie Bommarito is a best selling author. While shy and a loner in real life, her books are filled with heinous crimes that would make the strongest persons stomach churn. She lives alone in a boathouse and counts everything out by fours….
The Bommarito sisters all have issues…. BIG ONES. And if you met their mother, River Bommarito (one time stripper, dancer, child neglecter…. ) you may understand why.
Then comes Henry Bommarito. Sweet Henry. Sickly as a baby and later diagnosed to be mentally handicapped.
Honest to God, Henry is the only normal person in the family.
The only one.
The Bookies book club read this for their January book pick. It had been nominated before… and passed on. This time, it won the vote.
The opening line:
I would have to light my bra on fire.
When the sisters Bommarito’s are all called home to help take care of Henry while their mother goes into the hospital for surgery – there is, to say the least, reluctance. The girls do not have fond memories of growing up with a mother who neglected more than loved… who at times layed in bed for weeks under the weight of her own depression leaving the girls to fend for themselves and Henry. And now added to the top was their grandmother who had Alzheimer’s so severely she thought she was Amelia Earhart.
Yet the girls do go back, to care for Henry the brother they love, and to work in the family bakery while their mother is away.
The result? A touching story – at times hilariously funny… heartwarmingly sweet, and occasionally painful. It was a book that put you on an emotional rollercoaster and left you in the end…
As for the Bookies…. what a great review. We had spaghetti and lasagna (two on Henry’s favorite meals). Garlic bread and a chicken salad, and even home made cupcakes – to die for!!!!
We loved the book, no one rating less than an average read – more leaving towards the higher marks. We discussed the sisters we felt we were most like, and Henry’s unwavering kindness to all. We could all learn a little something from Henry.
In the end, out of the 16 of us in the room, 9 admitted to bawling like a baby at some point in the book… present company included.
Henry’s Sisters is a book I personally loved – Cathy Lamb writes with a quick whit and a way that made me feel I was in the room with these quirky characters. I highly recommend this read – it was touching and funny.
I purchased this book from Barnes and Noble – read on my NOOK “Snooky”