Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Top ten novels that explore sibling relationships

Sally Allen is Books, Ink editor and founder.

At Brain, Child Magazine she tagged ten top novels that explore sibling relationships, including:
The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang

On June 16, 2004, brothers Stephen and Leo, polar opposites in every way, prepare for a their grandmother’s funeral and their striver parents’ Bloomsday party later that night. Caught between them is Nora, best friend of the former and fiancĂ©e of the latter. Oldest Stephen, a graduate student, fulfills his parents’ intellectual pretensions but questions his purpose as an academic. Leopold, an IT consultant who enjoys beer and sports, longs for acceptance from his parents but rejects their pretentions. Nora, a talented opera singer, had a promising career on the horizon but abandoned it in the wake of her mother’s death and is beset by crippling anxiety.

Each character harbors secrets that bubble contentiously to the surface over the course of the day in this novel about intersecting stories, the search for personal meaning, and the difficulty of coming to terms with who you are in relation to those around you, especially your siblings.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Sixteenth of June.

--Marshal Zeringue