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Sometimes I wondered whether she had had boyfriends before they got married. Or was she still a virgin? I also wondered whether men find deflowering a woman for the first time thrilling and satisfying? Or do they think it an onerous task?
I should have asked him but didn’t.
An unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers and the unwelcome presence of his first wife―known only as she. Obsessed with her, our narrator, the second wife, moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasising about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal the first wife intellectually and sexually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and the first wife, from which the second wife is excluded? The daring and precise build-up to an eerily wonderful denouement is a triumph of subtlety and surprise.
With Sisters, Lily Tuck delivers a riveting psychological portrait of marriage, infidelity and obsession; charting with elegance and insight love in all its phases.
‘Tuck’s prose is elegant.’
‘An artfully crafted still life of one couple’s marriage.’
‘In her signature crisp, exacting prose, Tuck’s seventh novel haunts the territory of marital jealousy with delicacy and finesse.’
‘With her signature clipped and measured prose, National Book Award winner Tuck’s new novel is elegant, raw, and powerful.’