Thursday, December 20, 2018

Nine immortal sibling duels in fiction

Maureen Lindley, born in Berkshire and raised in Scotland and England, was trained as a psychotherapist. She is the author of the novels The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel, A Girl Like You, and The Beloveds. At CrimeReads she tagged "nine tales of sibling rivalry and woe, from classic literature to stories grounded in modern life, all with an affinity for the mysterious and the twisted." One title on the list:
Tim Winton, Cloudstreet

Tim Winton tells this Australian story to wonderful effect. It’s the tale of two working class Australian families, the Lambs (a god-fearing bunch) and the Pickles (considered wastrels). Cloudstreet is the name of the big messy house that both families end up occupying together. Parents and siblings live their inextricably linked lives over a period of twenty years. We share birth and death, marriage and adultery, loss and gain, as they go from World War II up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Siblings argue and fight, they worry about each other, they go fishing and swimming together; it’s a soap opera full of the joy and the awfulness of knowing not only where you belong, but also of loving and hating the tribe that holds you only slightly against your will.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Cloudstreet is among Rose Byrne’s ten favorite books, five books that changed Evie Wyld, and Mariella Frostrup's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue