Sisters: A Novel (Hardcover)
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From a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out.
"One of her generation's most intriguing authors" (Entertainment Weekly), Daisy Johnson is the youngest writer to have been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Now she returns with Sisters, a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins.
Born just ten months apart, July and September are thick as thieves, never needing anyone but each other. Now, following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long-abandoned family home near the shore. In their new, isolated life, July finds that the deep bond she has always shared with September is shifting in ways she cannot entirely understand. A creeping sense of dread and unease descends inside the house. Meanwhile, outside, the sisters push boundaries of behavior—until a series of shocking encounters tests the limits of their shared experience, and forces shocking revelations about the girls’ past and future.
Written with radically inventive language and imagery by an author whose work has been described as "entrancing" (The New Yorker), "a force of nature" (The New York Times Book Review), and "weird and wild and wonderfully unsettling" (Celeste Ng), Sisters is a one-two punch of wild fury and heartache—a taut, powerful, and deeply moving account of sibling love and what happens when two sisters must face each other’s darkest impulses.
About the Author
Daisy Johnson is the youngest author ever shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, with her first novel Everything Under in 2018. Her short story collection Fen, received the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She lives in Oxford, England.
"Johnson. . . brings her nuanced sense of menace and intimate understanding of the perils of loving too much to this latest entry in her developing canon of dark places where the unspeakable speaks and speaks. A subtle book that brings to bear all its author’s prodigious skill. A must-read.”--Kirkus STARRED Review
"In achingly lyrical prose, Johnson employs alternating narratives, divulging and withholding information by turns, keeping the reader unsure of what to believe. When the revelations hit, they are intensely powerful. Readers of classic gothic fiction will find a contemporary master of the craft here. --Publishers Weekly STARRED Review
“[A] dark, atmospheric novel that explores the tension of familial closeness, both physical and emotional, and unfolds in a house in near-isolation. . .somehow Daisy Johnson wrote it before the pandemic. Prescience aside, Sisters is one of the rare novels that balances an almost-uncomfortable level of tension with gloriously stylish prose throughout. There’s an element of escapism in the profoundly creepy, and the masterful claustrophobia of Sisters will deliver you from your own.” – Lit Hub
“Daisy Johnson is the youngest writer ever to have be short-listed for the Booker prize, and with good reason… Exploring the fraught dynamics of blood and betrayal, Sisters is yet another Johnson masterpiece.” – Elle, “Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2020”
“Half ghost-train, half rollercoaster. Once you get on you can’t get off” —Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time
"Daisy Johnson is one of the best writers in this country ... an astonishing stylist. Sisters is a thumping good book, haunting, visceral and potent." —Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing With Feathers
"A taut, disturbing, and brilliantly written psychological drama of the first order. You'll read for the quality of the prose, but also the amazing depth of characterization and mystery. Another great book from one of our finest writers."—Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation
“Daisy Johnson is an enchantress who can turn the day into night and back again in a sentence. I love her prose so much, and this book was the sibling love-and-horror story of my dreams and nightmares.”—Karen Russell, New York Times-bestselling author of Swamplandia!
"Daisy Johnson is a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction" —Lauren Groff, New York Times- bestselling author of Florida
"This is a book that makes you remember why you first fell in love with reading. I was haunted by it. Utterly unique."—Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds Singing
“Daisy Johnson writes in a torrent of language as unrelenting and turbulent and dark as the river at the book’s heart; dive in for just a moment and you’ll emerge gasping and haunted.” –Celeste Ng, New York Times-bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere
“Surprising, gorgeously written, and profoundly unsettling, [Johnson’s work] will sink into your bones and stay there.”—Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
“Entrancing. . . Johnson’s own writing summons the just-off-ness of the uncanny; she is capable of passages of exquisite creepiness. . . . Her sentences have an aqueous quality.” –The New Yorker