Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews and Spotlights “Small World” by Laura Zigman, Ecco Books, 1/10/23 On Tour With Bibliolifestyle, Eccobooks

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Spotlight and Review of “Small World” by @LauraZigman ,Eccobooks, 1/10/23


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 January 10, 2023 

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From bestselling author Laura Zigman comes a heartfelt novel about two offbeat and newly divorced sisters who move in together as adults—and finally reckon with their childhood

A year after her divorce, Joyce is settling into being single again. She likes her job archiving family photos and videos, and she’s developed a secret comforting hobby: trolling the neighborhood social networking site, Small World, for posts that help solve life’s easiest problems. When her older sister, Lydia, also divorced, calls to tell her she’s moving back east from Los Angeles after almost thirty years away, Joyce invites Lydia to move into her Cambridge apartment. Temporarily. Just until she finds a place of her own.

But their unlikely cohabitation—not helped by annoying new neighbors upstairs—turns out to be the post-divorce rebound relationship Joyce hadn’t planned on. Instead of forging the bond she always dreamed of having with Lydia, their relationship frays. And they rarely discuss the loss of their sister, Eleanor, who was significantly disabled and died when she was only ten years old. When new revelations from their family’s history come to light, will those secrets further split them apart, or course correct their connection for the future?

Written with wry humor and keen sensitivity, Small World is a powerful novel of sisterhood and hope—a reminder that sometimes you have to look back in order to move ahead. 

 My Review

Laura Zigman, the author of “Small World” has written a memorable, and heartfelt novel. The genres are Women’s Fiction, Sisters’ Fiction, Adult Fiction, Family Fiction, and Literary Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author vividly describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated. This is a story of a dysfunctional family, and I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friends, forgiveness, love and hope. The author also stresses the importance of looking at the past, to get to the present, and future.

Joyce and Lydia, sisters, are both divorced adults, who decide to share an apartment currently in their lives. The third sister, Eleanor, who was disabled, had died as a child, and the two surviving sisters seem to be ambivalent to discuss the family dymanics. It is a painful subject, and the sisters skirt around it.

Joyce and Lydia have distinct personalities, and the reader views the sisters trying to compromise and work out their problems living together. I appreciate that the author does provide a feeling of hope. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel.

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