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The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters
by Timothy Schaffert

Category: Fiction / General
256 pages; ISBN: 0399149007

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Years ago in Nebraska, their father committed suicide and their mother abandoned them to their grandmother. Now their grandmother has left the two sisters by themselves to live in and eke a living out of her antique shop that most people would call a rural junk store. The Rollows, twenty-one year old Mabel and nineteen year old Lily, struggle with the latest renunciation of the two of them. This leaves both sisters emotionally stunned and looking introspectively as to why adults leave them.

Though rather different in appearance and demeanor, the siblings concur on two things that parents desert the young and that gin guzzling Jordan is cute but in a destructive way. Lily persuades Jordan to accompany her to confront her mother somewhere in the southwest. This leaves Mabel feeling further abandoned, but seeking solace and understanding by using a medium to attempt to communicate with her deceased dad.

The powerful cast makes THE PHANTOM LIMBS OF THE ROLLOW SISTERS into a strong angst-laden reading experience. On the other hand, Timothy Schaffert provides so much insight into the Rollow sisters, he slows down his plot and sends the reader into character overload requiring the reader to deliberately simmer over the tale. The story line remains perceptive and intelligent enabling the audience to observe two wounded young struggle to understand the meaning of at least their lives.

Harriet Klausner


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