"Thought provoking drama"
Their father abandoned them years ago and now their
compliant mother is dying forcing the recalcitrant younger
of the siblings, teenage Molly to move into the home of her
older sister the manipulative Amanda. Except for
economics, Molly hates this scenario, as she cannot forgive
Amanda for her role in abetting their father in his
psychological power games when he lived with them. Worse
to Molly is Amanda is a chip off the old block as she needs
to dominate their relationship.
The sisters quickly find it easier to lie and pretend
an understanding rather than any degree of honesty between
them. This world of fabrication is fine to both Molly and
Amanda until the seventeen-year old obsesses over her
sibling's boy friend. Pondering her past when her home was
allegedly a happy place to live, Molly sees nightmares and
games families play turning her further into a rebel
without a cause with no allies not even her friends.
Chicago has probably never looked as scary as it is
seen through the eyes of Molly, a deep character whose
psychological woes are the centerpiece of this strong
drama. IN MY SISTER'S COUNTRY is as astute of a
psychological tale as a reader will find as Lise Haines
takes the audience inside to the core of Molly and Amanda
who see the same event relatively differently. Fans of
taut character studies will relish Ms. Haine's triumphant
look at a dysfunctional relationship, but the catch is that
this is no joyful trek to the Central Park duck ponds.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 20, 2002