Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the bestselling author of The Sisters of Summit Avenue, Twain’s End, and Mrs. Poe, which was named an NPR 2013 Great Read and an Indie Next List selection. She lives in Atlanta surrounded by her large family, and, like both Poe and Mark Twain, enjoys being bossed around by cats.
Identity and Family: Three Novels about Finding Self in the Mix
In Soniah Kamal's Unmarriageable, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the Binat sisters are deep in the world of nuptial intrigue. The sisters in Lynn Cullen's fictional Summit Avenue contend with the ties that bind families, for better or for worse. And the sisters in Anissa Gray's The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls navigate the trials of unexpected happenings that reveal the heart and core of their family. Join these three novelists and hear about how they found their characters in the mix of family.
Ariel Hart lives in Decatur and is a reporter on health care issues at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She also is one of three sisters.
The Sisters of Summit Avenue
Ruth has been single-handedly raising four young daughters and running her family’s Indiana farm for eight long years, ever since her husband, John, fell into a comatose state, infected by the infamous “sleeping sickness” devastating families across the country. If only she could trade places with her older sister, June, who is the envy of everyone she meets: blonde and beautiful, married to a wealthy doctor, living in a mansion in St. Paul. And June has a coveted job, too, as one of “the Bettys,” the perky recipe developers who populate General Mills’ famous Betty Crocker test kitchens. But these gilded trappings hide sorrows: she has borne no children. And the man she used to love more than anything belongs to Ruth. When the two sisters reluctantly reunite after a long estrangement, June’s bitterness about her sister’s betrayal sets into motion a confrontation that’s been years in the making. And their mother, Dorothy, who’s brought the two of them together, has her own dark secrets, which might blow up the fragile peace she hopes to restore between her daughters. BUY THIS BOOK!