Brother and Sister by Joanna Trollope

Nathalie, adopted as an infant by her parents, and her brother David, adopted after tragically losing his adoptive parents in a car accident, have grown up in a loving family. Initially resentful of the new toddler David, Nathalie grows to love David and David grows to depend on Nathalie. As adults, with their own partners and children, their sibling bond remains tight and close.

Attempting to unravel the complex, multi-dimensional, and emotive relationships in Trollope’s novel would take as long as the book itself. Suffice it to say that the characters and their interactions are as marvelously done as in every other one of Trollope’s novels.

David and Nathalie are the central characters upon which the main plot point revolves, but they aren’t the only plot generators or even the only fleshed out characters. In fact, I hesitate to call them the main or central characters, although truthfully they are.

Their spouses get full voices. The supporting characters and the various parents in the novel get ample space with their point of view, as well.

As in every Trollope novel, the story works its way to the pivotal moment: in this case, Nathalie becomes interested in her birth mother. Her decision to find and meet her birth mother is the catalyst for the rest of the story, and the thing that prompts life changes for every character.

Moving, real, honest, and relateable, this novel is written with Trollope’s usual fluidity and poetry of language. She develops every character with multi-facets, creates believable dialogue, and manages the complex task of multiple viewpoints masterfully. From beginning to middle to end, I enjoyed this book.

I highly recommend it.

copyright 2007 Julie Pippert

Advertisements

One response to “Brother and Sister by Joanna Trollope

  1. That sounds good, I’ve added it to my TBR list.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s