Henry's Sisters

By Cathy Lamb
(Kensington Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780758229540, 448pp.)

Publication Date: August 2009

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“Henry's Sisters is a novel about family, love, forgiveness, and the quirky stuff we all do. Isabelle Bommarito and her family made me laugh out loud and, then, wipe away the tears. I will be recommending Henry's Sisters to everyone this fall.”
-- Patricia Worth, River Reader LLC, Lexington, MO

Cathy Lamb, the acclaimed author of "Julia's Chocolates" and "The Last Time I Was Me, " delivers her most heartwarming novel to date as three sisters reunite during a family crisis.
Ever since the Bommarito sisters were little girls, their mother, River, has written them a letter on pink paper when she has something especially important to impart. And this time, the message is urgent and impossible to ignore--River requires open-heart surgery, and Isabelle and her sisters are needed at home to run the family bakery and take care of their brother and ailing grandmother.
Isabelle has worked hard to leave Trillium River, Oregon, behind as she travels the globe taking award-winning photographs. It's not that Isabelle hates her family. On the contrary, she and her sisters Cecilia, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, and Janie, a bestselling author, share a deep, loving bond. And all of them adore their brother, Henry, whose disabilities haven't stopped him from helping out at the bakery and bringing good cheer to everyone in town.
But going home again has a way of forcing open the secrets and hurts that the Bommaritos would rather keep tightly closed--Isabelle's fleeting and too-frequent relationships, Janie's obsessive compulsive disorder, and Cecilia's self-destructive streak and grief over her husband's death. Working together to look after Henry and save their flagging bakery, Isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, unexpected ways to salve the wounds of their childhoods, and the courage to grasp surprising new chances at happiness.
Poignant, funny, and as irresistible as one of the Bommarito sisters' delicious giant cupcakes, "Henry's Sisters" is a novel about family and forgiveness, about mothers and daughters, and about gaining the wisdom to look ahead while still holding tight to everything that matters most.
Outstanding Praise For Cathy Lamb And Her Novels
The Last Time I Was Me
"Charming." --"Publishers Weekly"
Julia's Chocolates
""Julia's Chocolates" is wise, tender, and very funny. In Julia Bennett, Cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate." --Luanne Rice, "New York Times" bestselling author
"In "Julia's Chocolates, " Cathy Lamb has created a passel of characters so weirdly wonderful that you want to hang out with them all day just to see what they'll do next. It's a ride that's both hilarious and poignant, and all the while you cling to the edge of the pickup truck because you'll want to make sure you stay in for the whole trip." --Amy Wallen, author of "Moonpies and Movie Stars.

About the Author
Cathy Lamb is the author of over a dozen books, including "Julia's Chocolates", "The Last Time I Was Me", and "Henry's Sisters". She lives in Oregon and is married with three children. Cathy writes late at night when it's just her and the moon and a few shooting stars. Visit her at cathylamb.org.

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  1. Of the three sisters, who do you relate to the most? With whom would you most likely be friends? If you had to change places with one of the sisters for a month, which one would you trade places with? What would you do to change their lives in that month, if anything?

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