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The language of sisters / Cathy Lamb.

By: Lamb, Cathy [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Kensington Books, [2016]Copyright date: ©2016Description: 457 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780758295101.Subject(s): Oregon -- Fiction | Sisters -- Fiction | Families -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: Toni Kozlovsky can't explain how she knows exactly what her sisters are feeling-- only that the connection seems to happen out of the blue, just when they need it most. Since Toni, Valerie, and Ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, their parents have insisted it's simply further proof that the Kozlovskys are special and different.
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From acclaimed author Cathy Lamb comes a warm and thoughtful novel about the secrets that can break or unite a family-and the voices that resonate throughout our lives...

Toni Kozlovsky can't explain how she knows exactly what her sisters are feeling-only that the connection seems to happen out of the blue, just when they need it most. Since Toni, Valerie, and Ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, their parents have insisted it's simply further proof that the Kozlovskys are special and different.

Now a crime and justice reporter, Toni lives on a yellow tugboat on Oregon's Willamette River. As far as her parents are concerned, the pain of their old life and their dangerous escape should remain buried in the Moscow they left behind, as should the mysterious past of their adopted brother, Dmitry. But lately, Toni's talent for putting on a smile isn't enough to keep memories at bay.

Valerie, a prosecuting attorney, wages constant war against the wrongs she could do nothing about as a child. Youngest sister Ellie is engaged to marry an Italian, breaking her mother's heart in the process. Toni fears she's about to lose her home, while the hard edged DEA agent down the dock keeps trying to break through her reserve. Meanwhile, beneath the culture clashes and endearing quirks within her huge, noisy, loving family are deeper secrets that Toni has sworn to keep-even from the one person she longs to help most.

As poignant as it is humorous, The Language of Sisters explores the echoes of the past that can cling to the present-and how love, laughter, and family can rescue us time and again.

OUTSTANDING PRAISE FOR CATHY LAMB AND HER NOVELS

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I SEE
"Lamb's story is earnest, heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking." --RT Book Reviews

THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE
"The blending of three or more generations and the secrets they harbor keeps this story moving briskly, culminating in a satisfying ending that makes us believe that despite heartache and angst, there can be such a thing as happily ever after." --New York Journal of Books

SUCH A PRETTY FACE
"Stevie's a winning heroine." --Publishers Weekly

HENRY'S SISTERS
An Indie Next List Notable Book

"A story of strength and reconciliation and change." --The Sunday Oregonian

"If you loved Terms of Endearment , the Ya Ya Sisterhood , and Steel Magnolias , you will love Henry's Sisters . Cathy Lamb just keeps getting better and better." --The Three Tomatoes Book Club

THE LAST TIME I WAS ME
"Charming."- Publishers Weekly

JULIA'S CHOCOLATES
" Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny. In Julia Bennett, Cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true.I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate."-Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

Includes a reading group guide (pages [453]-457).

Toni Kozlovsky can't explain how she knows exactly what her sisters are feeling-- only that the connection seems to happen out of the blue, just when they need it most. Since Toni, Valerie, and Ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, their parents have insisted it's simply further proof that the Kozlovskys are special and different.

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Library Journal Review

Toni is a crime reporter living a superficially idyllic existence on a houseboat in Portland, OR. Lamb (What I Remember Most) draws readers into the embrace of Toni's eccentric and loud extended family, who inject regular bouts of humor into the story while their love for one another is palpable. A colorful cast of characters, including droves of quirky cousins, aunts, uncles, and the crowd who share Toni's houseboat dock, add to the fun, while the love interest, Nick, is satisfyingly sexy, strong, gentle, and besotted with Toni. There are hints throughout of tragic and terrible secrets from Toni's childhood, and as the story unfolds we learn that the entire family escaped persecution and likely death in the Soviet Union. It becomes clear that they must face the past they want to keep hidden in order to find happiness in the future. A touch of magical realism is added: in extreme circumstances, Toni and her two sisters can hear one another's thoughts. VERDICT The joy of this intricate story is following these characters and their warm and compelling development to a gloriously happy ending.-Jan Marry, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

After years spent navigating the challenges of Communist Russia, the Kozlovsky family has carved out a new life in Oregon. The parents run a restaurant called Svetlana's Kitchen, and the daughters have each found their niche in their adopted country. Toni is a crime and justice reporter living on a tugboat and contemplating a career change while dodging the affections of the DEA agent who lives nearby. Valerie is an attorney working to right the unforgettable wrongs that have stayed with her since childhood. And Ellie is engaged but is unsure whether marriage is the right path for her. The sisters share a deep connection that allows them to know what the others are feeling. But even this closeness fails to erase the deep secrets that have followed the Kozlovskys to their new home. Lamb (My Very Best Friend, 2015) once again draws readers into the joys and sorrows of family life. With fascinating, memorable characters and a deeply engaging plot, her latest is a captivating look at the different lives shared by one family and the power of their love to bring them through life's best and darkest hours.--Gladstein, Carol Copyright 2016 Booklist