Book reviews from The Free Lance-Star.
Hoarder needs help digging out
Sisters struggle to overcome differences
By Robyn Sidersky
The Free Lance-Star
IN Kristina Riggle’s second book—her first was “Real Life and Liars”—we learn about two sisters who could not be more different.
Trish is an outgoing divorced mother of two who is a compulsive hoarder. Mary is a quiet, meticulous and reserved.
But when Trish’s youngest son is injured after an accident caused by all the garbage in Trish’s house and the doctor calls in social services to check in on Trish, things reach a new low.
To Trish’s dismay, her teenage son reaches out to his estranged Aunt Mary, who has barely spoken to Trish since their mother’s death years before.
Recently unemployed, Mary has no reason to not help her sister climb out of the hole she found herself in.
But the trip dredges up memories of their mother and her hoarding issues that drove the family apart when the sisters were growing up.
Riggle tells the story of two sisters who rebuild their damaged relationship.
The story is as entertaining as it is compassionate.
The book alternates between the two sisters’ viewpoints, which puts things in perspective. Riggle’s narrative is compelling and the characters are well-developed.
The dialogue will tug at your heartstrings. It’s hard to choose sides, but Riggle won’t make you.
By the end of the book, you may start feeling paranoid about your own clutter.
Robyn Sidersky is a reporter for The Free Lance–Star.
by Kristina Riggle
(William Morrow, $11, 384 pp.)
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