Dec 2, 2010

The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell

Roxanne Callahan has always been her younger sister's caretaker. Now married, her happiness is threatened when beautiful and emotionally unstable Simone, suffering from crippling postpartum depression, commits an unforgivable crime for which Roxanne comes to believe she is partially responsible. In the glare of national media attention brought on her sister, Roxanne fights to hold her marriage together as she is drawn back into the pain of her troubled past and relives the fraught relationship she and Simone shared with their narcissistic mother.


Drusilla Campbell is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Wildwood, The Edge of Sky, and Blood Orange. Before she started school she had crossed the Pacific Ocean three times. In her twenties she lived in Europe and Central America. Today she's happy to stay at home in San Diego with her husband, the attorney and poet Art Campbell, two rescued dogs, and three horses. 


The Good Sister is a heart-wrenching and transparent story of three generations of women.  A common theme throughout the book is one of abandonment, and it affects each person in different ways.  Postpartum depression is examined in such a way that I know I will never forget.

Two adult sisters, Roxanne and Simone, are totally dependent on each other.  One has become the caregiver and the other never learned to stand on her own feet.  The journey to wholeness is extremely painful, and they both need to make drastic changes in order to move ahead with their lives. As their childhood is examined, it is easy to understand how they became the women that they are.

I highly recommend this book and it would make an excellent selection for book club discussions.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Good Sister from Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds a very interesting book to read. Family relationships are so often so complicated. Thanks for this review.