Brady, Laurel Stowe. Say You Are My Sister. HarperCollins, 2001. ISBN 0-06-028307-6. $15.95. 208 pp. A 5+ FI Reviewed by Gabi Kupitz Spunky Ramona Louise (Mony) faces a tragic year. Her mother dies in a sudden tornado; her father is killed in a tragic accident on the family farm; the love of Georgie, her half-sister, is off to war; a woman in town is determined to adopt baby sister Keely Faye; Georgie mortgages the farm to establish a dress-making business in town, and the bank is threatening to recall the loan. What else can possibly go wrong? When Mony learns from her friend, Dr. Fellowes, that her beloved older sister is not who everyone in town including Mony thinks she is, Mony is almost ready to explode. Eventually, the two sisters must unburden their loads of care. Mony discovers that money does not guarantee happiness. True happiness lies in family and one’s place in that unit however it came together. This first novel by Utah author, Brady, set in the U.S. South in 1944, explores the Jim Crow laws and is a powerful statement on family solidarity and the legacy of those who have gone before.
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