The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh is about will-o-the-wisps, trainhopping, and unrealized dreams…but mostly it’s about sisterhood. So WOW! Women On Writing celebrates the release of this novel by gathering some of their favorite bloggers (THAT’S US!) to share their take on sisterhood. And Therese Walsh is giving away one copy of this book to some lucky reader who enters the giveaway contest. You can enter with this post below, AND you can enter on WOW!’s blog and any of the other blogs listed at the end of the post today by following this link: http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2014/03/everyones-talking-about-sisterhood-and.html
So, I’m an only child, but I jumped at the chance to blog about sisterhood because 1. I loved Therese Walsh’s first book, The Last Will of Moira Leahy 2. I have sisters EVEN THOUGH I’m an only child. How did this happen?
I always wanted my mom to have another baby because I wanted a playmate at home. Little did I realize that the grass is not always greener–many times, siblings fought and annoyed and took stuff and made their parents mad. I’m not sure if it’s the yearning for a sister or just my personality or luck, but God has granted me with so many “sisters” that I don’t need a biological one.
Take for example the other five ladies that make up the Lit Ladies. I know that these 5 ladies would come to my rescue in any way that they could, personally or professionally; but most of all, I call on the Lit Ladies when I want to scream, cry, and whine about something I’m extremely passionate about–my writing. We have a “secret” Facebook group, where we often post during the week about our manuscripts, agent search, book launch, blog, writing time and husbands (oops–just kidding!) (sort of). I am so thankful to have each one of these writing sisters (and I even have more that aren’t in this group) to help me along this crazy career that’s chosen me.
Another example–my “college friends.” My old college roommate and scrapbooking buddy is my daughter’s Godmother. I didn’t have a sister for this role, but I didn’t need one. Another roommate of mine, my daughter, and I just went to visit another college friend to celebrate the birth of her beautiful baby in Texas! Okay, so we wanted to go somewhere warm. .. no just kidding, we couldn’t wait to do what sisters do–hold the baby, love the baby, offer new mom support. Some of my sisters go to the wineries twice a year and celebrate birthdays. Another “sister” who lives a couple hours away is happy to watch KB when I have a speaking engagement in her town–and since we aren’t actually sisters, our children (her son is just a couple months younger) can one day get married!
Some of my high school friends are also my sisters–lucky me! My best friend and I have stayed in contact ever since the day she asked me to come over to her house in seventh grade, and I said, “Who me? Today?” (Thank goodness, she said YES!) And my friend with four sons who lives close to me has been a life saver several times with my stepson, who gets a little tired of the girl stuff that goes on in this house. Plus, us sisters from high school get together and do girls’ nights or brunches–those are the best.
Oh my goodness, this post is going on forever because I still haven’t mentioned my MOPS sisters (Mothers of Preschoolers) or my beautiful, wonderful cousins who have known me my whole life or my dinner club buddies and teaching buddies or my sisters I married into–my sisters-in-law whom I always wished lived closer, too. There’s my girlfriend whom I met in Champaign and moved here when her husband got a job–we have playdates as often as we can, and she is always worried about fixing me a healthy lunch! I must stop, but as you can see I AM SO BLESSED. I know that these strong and wonderful women in my life are a gift from God. I used to worry that I was an only child. I would be left alone when my parents died. But I know that family is not just blood!
Remember that saying from the 80s–ILYLAS?
More about Therese Walsh’s book: In The Moon Sisters, her second novel, Therese Walsh wanted to write about one sister’s quest to find will-o’-the-wisp light, which was her mother’s unfulfilled dream. Also called “foolish fires”, these lights are sometimes seen over wetlands and are thought to lead those who follow them to treasure. Despite the promise, they are never captured and sometimes lead to injury or even death for adventurers who follow them. The metaphor of that fire – that some dreams and goals are impossible to reach, and that hope itself may not be innately good – eventually rooted its way into deeper meaning as the Moon sisters tried to come to terms with real-world dreams and hopes, and with each other, in their strange new world.
Olivia and Jazz Moon are polar opposites: one a dreamy synesthete, able to see sounds and smell sights and the other controlling and reality driven. What will happen when they are plunged into 24/7 togetherness and control is not an option? Will they ever be able to see the world through the other’s eyes and confront the things they fear the most? Death. Suicide. The loss of faith and hope. Will they ultimately believe that life is worth living, despite the lack of promise?
The writing of The Moon Sisters was a five year journey and at times author Therese Walsh felt like it was her own “foolish fire”. But remember, some fires are worth the chase!
Connect with Therese Walsh at: http://www.theresewalsh.com and enter to win the book below!