A Tale of Two Sisters by Anna Maxted

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Cassie is slender, clever, charismatic, successful. The one flaw in her perfect life may be her marriage. Her sister Lizbet is plumper, plainer, dreamier. An aspiring journalist, she?s stuck writing embarrassing articles on sex for Ladz Mag. Her one achievement is her relationship with Tim, who thinks she?s amusing and smart. Despite Cassie being the favored child, she and Lizbet have always been best friends. But then Lizbet gets pregnant.

Forced apart by mistakes not their own, enticed by new loves, and confronted by challenges they never asked for, Cassie and Lizbet struggle to rediscover the simple goodness of their sisterhood, even as their lives take them on a collision course of heartache and new beginnings.

A Tale of Two Sisters is Anna Maxted at her best?a highly entertaining yet deeply involving story of sisters who lose their way and need each other to find themselves again..

About Anna Maxted

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Author Anna Maxted was born in 1969. She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English and started working as a reporter for the Jewish Chronicle. Later on, she became a freelance writer for the Sunday Mirror, the Daily Mirror, Independent on Sunday, FHM, Cosmopolitan, and numerous other publications. After her father died of a stroke, she wrote a piece about her grief which attracted interest from the book publishing industry. Her first novel, Getting over It, was published in 2000. She has also written two self-help books on sex and seduction. She currently lives in London, England with her family.
Published August 17, 2006 by Plume. 368 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lizbet discovers a taste for alcohol (“Jews don’t drink, its ridiculous!” warns her icy mother), then Lizbet forces perfect Tim out of her life.

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Lizbet and Cassie Montgomery, Jewish sisters in London, seem to like their lives: Lizbet, cute but schlumpy, has a mid-level job at Ladz Mag and a smart, sweet long-term, live-in boyfriend in product designer Tim;

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Entertainment Weekly

Brit Anna Maxted (Getting Over It) takes a rather facile premise — twentysomething Cassie is thin, driven, and fabulous, while older sister Lizbet is plumpish, absent-minded, and prone to long skirts and mumsy cardigans — and finds unexpected depths.

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Austin Chronicle

There is, of course, no small measure of soap-opera-style dramatic misunderstandings alongside a heaping portion of Maxted's signature wit, and despite some shakiness in the execution, Maxted's fifth novel is a satisfying examination of the challenges of achieving motherhood.

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Digital Journal

Her depth of characters and ease in which she divides the book chapter by chapter with the sisters voices and perspectives is smooth and complete.

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