The Sweeney Sisters

The Sweeney Sisters

An accomplished storyteller returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet—a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit of Jonathan Tropper with the heart of Susan Wiggs.

Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?

By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.

Title:The Sweeney Sisters
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062909046
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    The Sweeney Sisters Reviews

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars.A novel full of family dysfunction and drama? Sign me up, please!Bill Sweeney was one of the most formative writers of his time; decades after his books were written they continue to be taug...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Sweeney Sisters is just the kind of read I needed right now! It’s about three sisters who grow up in a quaint seaside town in Connecticut. When their mother died from cancer, the sisters sadly g...

  • Jennifer Blankfein

    Enjoyable story - quick moving, fun escape. DNA test reveals family secrets that shake up a close knit family. DNA testing and the often surprising results it reveals has become an increasingly popula...

  • Victoria

    A warmhearted novel about a literary genius, family secrets and a trail of broken hearts, set in a ‘small town with long tentacles.’ This is women’s fiction with realistic female characters that...

  • DeAnn

    3.75 DNA Test starsWith a plotline almost ripped from the headlines – a new sibling is in the mix for the Sweeney Sisters. They are mourning their famous author father when they find out that he fat...

  • Quirkyreader

    First off, I won this as a goodreads giveaway. Thank you William Morrow and Harper Collins.I was very impressed by this book. It is about family ties. This ties are often out in the open and ones that...

  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*

    This book was a fine distraction for a few hours and had some fun moments but mainly it just sort of dragged along without any real climax and oozed too many first world problems for my liking. Betwee...

  • Amber

    I received a complimentary copy of this E-book ARC from the author, publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.When Famous author William Sweeney passes away, the three Sweeney sisters g...

  • Connie G

    The three redheaded Sweeney sisters-Liza, Maggie, and Tricia-were devastated when their father died. William Sweeney was a complicated man, a well-known author, and a Yale professor. They held a big I...

  • Moonkiszt

    The Sweeney Sisters: A NovelSisters! Sisters! There were never such devoted sisters. . . .(are you humming it?)This book begins with three devoted, yet mourning, sisters. Their parents loom large thro...