Patricia Ferguson || Aren’t We Sisters

What shall I say? Ferguson has used a technique placing people who haver never met in a circumstance which forces them to work together and bond. In this case Lettie, staunch advocate of contraceptives (the novel is situated in the thirties of the previous century when women still gave birth to many children), Norah her naïve landlady, Rae a rather famous actress who is in hiding because of her pregnancy and Mrs Givens, the caretaker of a former orphanage. The combination of these women could have been fascinating if Ferguson had managed to get beyond the cliché and that, unfortunately, she does not achieve. Even the development of the women is a cliché: bitchy and heartless Lettie turns out to be quite all right, Norah naturally discovers her natural beauty and inner strength and Rae of course loves her new born baby, Mrs Givens could audition for Downtown Abbey (and would turn out to be one of many characters carrying a secret). Aren’t We Sisters isn’t a bad novel, it is just not a very good novel. Given that it is on the longlist for the Bailey’s I was expecting more depth and interesting characters. I fail to see why Ferguson has been nominated, it might be Lettie’s feminist touch. As far as I am concerned, Ferguson does not deliver.



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