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Sisterhood everlasting : a novel
Ann Brashares
Adult Fiction BRASHAR

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Brashares revives the Traveling Pants sisterhood for a bittersweet victory lap that finds the sisters grown up and pretty much out of contact until Tibby, who now lives in Australia, proposes a reunion in Greece, where Lena has a family home and a lost love, Kostos. But what begins as a great idea turns tragic when Tibby drowns and letters she left behind hint it may not have been an accident. Brashares creates a sensitive panorama of grief in following how the friends react to loss: Carmen, now a television actress, throws herself into planning her expensive wedding, though she doesn't really connect with her icy fiance. Bridget leaves her boyfriend to travel around California. Loner Lena reaches out to Kostos in a long-shot effort to rekindle what they had. And while each fears their friendship won't survive the distance between them or Tibby's death, they remain in one another's thoughts, even if they don't interact for most of the novel. Brashares freshens the well-worn tropes of chasing hopeless love and being honest with yourself with a prose that surprises despite its straightforward tone ("Effie wouldn't leave her alone. She would crawl into Lena's precious quiet like a tapeworm"). Series fans might be dismayed that the sisterhood's broken up, but Brashares proves that, even in death, this series has plenty of life left in it. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Brashares's fifth "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" installment (after Forever in Blue) finds Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen separated and verging on turning 30. Finding it hard to keep in touch amid busy lives of varying success, the girls are thrilled when Tibby proposes a reunion on the Greek island of Santorini. Upon arrival, they are met with a stunning discovery that threatens to shatter the sisterhood and sends each girl down a different path as they grapple with grief, memory, and what it means to live a truly fulfilled life. VERDICT Although this is strikingly different in tone from the young adult books in the series, Brashares expertly taps into the difficulties of carrying childhood friendship into the trials of adulthood. Original fans of the series will find it poignant; however, the adult transition may prove awkward for younger readers. [Previous series titles were published by Delacorte Press in Random House's Young Readers division; this will be released as an adult title.-Ed.]-Mara Dabrishus, Ursuline Coll., Pepper Pike, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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