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The Middle Sister.

The Middle Sister by Bonnie J. Glover One World/Ballantine Books, June 2005 $12.95, ISBN 0-345-48090-2

This debut novelist explores the theme of separation in her explosive book. Our narrator begins the novel in the 1970s as a child in Fast New York, Brooklyn, and it ends on the brink of adulthood as she enters college. Pam, the narrator, describes the breakup between her easygoing father and headstrong mother, and the roles her two sisters take on. Her only escape is her imaginary confidant, a '70s TV character, Kwai Chang from the show Kung Fu.

Glover's words paint a powerful landscape and her use of characterization carries the entire novel. Her writing is consistent, original and poetic.

--Reviewed by Arphelia K. Cabell Arphelia K. Cabell lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and she's writing her first novel, which is for young adults.
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Author:Cabell, Arphelia K.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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