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Published by Penguin on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction
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From the acclaimed author of Pack Up the Moon comes a poignant and beautiful novel about love, loss, and the unbreakable bonds of family—particularly those between mothers, daughters, and sisters. Ten years ago, Nora Glass started writing essays about being a single mother of a six-year-old daughter. Her weekly column made her a household name, and over the years, her fans have watched Ellie grow from a toddler to a teenager.But now Nora is facing a problem that can’t be overcome. Diagnosed with a devastating disease that will eventually take away who she is, she is scared for herself, but even more frightened about what this will mean for her sixteen-year-old daughter.Now Nora has no choice but to let go of her hard-won image as a competent, self-assured woman, and turn to the one person who has always relied on her: her twin sister, Mariana. Nora and Mariana couldn’t be more different from one another, and they’ve always had a complicated relationship. But now the two sisters will have to summon the strength to help them all get through a future none of them could have ever imagined, while uncovering the joy and beauty that was always underneath.
Splinters of Light follows the lives of Nora, Ellie and Mariana Glass. Nora and Mariana are twins, and Ellis is Nora’s daughter.
Nora is diagnosed with a disease and it seems like she’s losing herself faster than she ever thought possible. She didn’t want for this to happen and has to come to grips with what she’s dealing with. She also has to figure out what the best course of action is for her daughter, Ellie. Ellie and Nora’s relationship is tense. Ellie has a bit of resentment toward her mom because of the book that details things that have happened in their lives. The both struggle to come to terms what this means for both of them, and there are hard hurdles to overcome.
The relationship between Nora and Mariana can be strained at times. They’ve been together since birth. Nora doesn’t know how her sister is going to handle her illness, and what’s going to happen between them. They each blame each other for past events and have to learn how to come together and trust each other for the future.
Splinters of Light is a story about the dynamics of family when hit with an awful health diagnosis. How they each cope with this news while dealing with other problems they are facing with romance, work and school. This book really makes you wonder what you would do in the same situation.
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