10 Spectacular Books About Sisters

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Thu, 16 Aug 2018

There are countless stories that put romantic love front and center. If you'd like to focus on the bond between family members for a change, then check out these spectacular books that shine a spotlight on sisterhood. Whether they get along swimmingly or have deeply rooted problems, these compelling sets of siblings will keep you turning page after page.

10 Spectacular Books About Sisters

Title Author(s) More by the Author
1. Sisters Danielle Steel The Good Fight The Cast
2. The Opposite of Me Sarah Pekkanen The Wife Between Us The Ever After
3. The Orphan Sister Gwendolen Gross The Other Mother When She Was Gone
4. Glimpse Carol Lynch Williams The Chosen One Waiting
5. My Sister's Bones Nuala Ellwood The Day of the Accident N/A
6. Everything Here Is Beautiful Mira T. Lee N/A
7. Half Sister Catherine Chanter The Well N/A
8. The Secret Language of Sisters Luanne Rice Summer's Child Summer of Roses
9. Girl Unbroken Regina Calcaterra & Rosie Maloney Etched in Sand Legacy
10. Once We Were Sisters Sheila Kohler Becoming Jane Eyre Dreaming for Freud

Movies That Feature Memorable Sisters

If you want more than just literary siblings, try checking out some of these films that have brought all kinds of sisterhood to the big screen.

  1. Sisters: Disconnected sisters return to their childhood home
  2. Frozen: Two princesses learn the value of familial love
  3. Little Women: Four very different girls grow up together
  4. My Sister's Keeper: A family struggles to deal with illness
  5. The Parent Trap: Reunited twins try to get their parents together

The Power of Sisterhood

In Depth

Sisters share a special bond. This relationship, when explored through writing, can be used to express heartwarming messages about familial love. We have gathered some of the best books that touch upon this subject. In no particular order, here are ten of our top picks.

This relationship, when explored through writing, can be used to express heartwarming messages about familial love.

At the #1 spot is "Sisters" by international bestselling author Danielle Steel. This is a tale of four sisters from Connecticut who are pursuing their careers. During one of their annual family reunions, Candy, Annie, Tammy, and Sabrina face a tragedy. Their mother is killed in a car accident. Suddenly, their world is turned upside down, but the situation brings them closer to each other.

During one of their annual family reunions, Candy, Annie, Tammy, and Sabrina face a tragedy.

Coming in at #2 is "The Opposite of Me." It tells the story of Lindsey Rose, a 29-year-old workaholic. A promotion is snatched away by her nemesis, taking her on a downward spiral. When she returns home, she finds her life-long source of competition, her fraternal twin sister. This novel by Sarah Pekkanen is a humorous, appealing, and poignant tale of young adulthood.

When she returns home, she finds her life-long source of competition, her fraternal twin sister.

Taking the #3 spot is "The Orphan Sister" by Gwendolen Gross. The youngest among triplets, Clementine Lord feels out of place most of the time. Her two sisters are Harvard-educated doctors, happily married, and currently pregnant. She is single and living in her parents' garage apartment. Suddenly, the family dynamics change when their neurosurgeon father disappears. This book is an engaging exploration of life, love, and sisterhood.

Her two sisters are Harvard-educated doctors, happily married, and currently pregnant.

Next, at #4, "Glimpse" is a well-paced story of resilience and courage by Carol Lynch Williams. The plot is told from the perspective of Hope, a 12-year old girl whose older sister, Lizzie, is taken to a mental institution after trying to shoot herself. As the pages are turned, the truth about the sisters' upbringing is exposed and the reason behind Lizzie's suicide attempt is revealed at the end of the book.

The plot is told from the perspective of Hope, a 12-year old girl whose older sister, Lizzie, is taken to a mental institution after trying to shoot herself.

At #5 is "My Sister's Bones." This psychological thriller features the life of Kate Rafter, a war reporter who returns home following her mother's death. She finds herself haunted by her tragic memories of Syria. She also deals with Sally, her alcoholic sister, with whom she has an uncomfortable relationship. This book by Nuala Ellwood is filled with clever twists and complex story lines.

She finds herself haunted by her tragic memories of Syria.

Coming in at #6 is "Everything Here Is Beautiful." Written by Mira T. Lee, this exquisite novel revolves around two Chinese-American sisters. Lucia is a vivacious and creative woman with a mental illness. Her older sister Miranda becomes her caretaker when their mother dies of lung cancer. As the story progresses, they try to live normal lives, keeping their sisterly tie strong despite difficult circumstances.

Lucia is a vivacious and creative woman with a mental illness.

At the #7 spot is Catherine Chanter's "Half Sister." It follows the story of Diana, who left home at the age of sixteen to make a new life. Upon her return after twenty-five years, she hears of her mother's death. The night of the funeral, she argues with her estranged half-sister Valerie while her nine-year-old nephew watches. Then, a terrible accident occurs, revealing dark secrets and resentment.

The night of the funeral, she argues with her estranged half-sister Valerie while her nine-year-old nephew watches.

Next, at #8 is "The Secret Language of Sisters." This is a story of hope, redemption, and love by Luanne Rice. While driving, Roo receives angry text messages from her younger sister Tilly. When she tries to respond, she gets into an accident that's nearly fatal. She ends up in a hospital. Although she is in a coma, she is fully aware of what's going on around her. Both sisters struggle as Tilly deals with guilt and Roo helplessly watches her loved ones drift away.

When she tries to respond, she gets into an accident that's nearly fatal.

Taking the #9 spot is "Girl Unbroken." This is a sequel to "Etched in Sand," author Regina Calcaterra's book about her alcoholic mother. This time, she works with her youngest sister Rosie Maloney to create this engrossing memoir. It features Rosie's life with their mom, after her siblings were put into different foster homes. She had to endure physical and emotional abuse, but the story ends triumphantly with Maloney's well-deserved happiness.

This time, she works with her youngest sister Rosie Maloney to create this engrossing memoir.

Finally, at #10 is "Once We Were Sisters." South African-born Sheila Kohler offers this powerful memoir of the life she shared with her sister Maxine who, at the age of thirty-nine, was killed in a car accident. The news that reached Sheila was that Maxine's husband drove their vehicle into a lampost. She believes it was murder. This death triggered the author to start writing, reckoning with both of their painful pasts.

South African-born Sheila Kohler offers this powerful memoir of the life she shared with her sister Maxine who, at the age of thirty-nine, was killed in a car accident.