In This Bright Beauty, the connection between identical twins Franci and Lottie is even closer and more complicated. They lost their mother at a young age, and Lottie has long battled mental illness. After their mother’s death, Franci stepped in as caretaker, repeatedly rescuing Lottie. Each time she pulls Lottie from the depths, she questions whether she’s done enough to help. It’s not until Franci is completely exhausted and ready to give up that she’s faced with the most painful question yet—after their mother died, who was really protecting who? And who ultimately paid the price?
While This Bright Beauty is infused with hope, there are no easy answers here. And that’s what I especially love about the book. Emily Cavanagh shines a light on the joys and difficulties inherent in the sister bond and affirms what I’ve always suspected—because we share the same parents, history and DNA, no matter how complex and exasperating things can get, I will never have relationships like the ones I have with my sisters.
- Jodi Warshaw, Editor