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What's Yours is Mine Paperback – May 23 2013
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“[A] brilliantly enjoyable novel about rival sisters and surrogate parenting—quite unlike anything we’ve read in ages. Put it on your bedside table right now!”—Heat (U.K.)
“With twists that will put your jaw in the dropped position, [this is] edgy, funny, unpredictable . . . for women who like it real .”—Daily Record (U.K.)
"Stimson weaves a suspenseful tale of unusual emotional complexity and honesty...The novel's bittersweet ending and its suggestion that all that ends well will not necessarily remain well further complements this intense and heartfelt tale of love and hatred between siblings."--Booklist
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About the Author
Tess Stimson is the author of eight novels and two non-fiction books, and writes regularly for the Daily Mail as well as for several women's magazines. Born and brought up in Sussex, she graduated from Oxford before spending a number of years as a news producer with ITN. She now lives in Vermont with her American husband, their daughter and her two sons.See all Product Description
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In America, Homeland Security informs Susannah that she will be sent back to Great Britain. Between ex husbands, alcohol, drugs, and sex with anyone even when she was married, Susannah knows arguing is futile. When their mother Catherine suffers a debilitating stroke that leaves her comatose, Grace demands Susannah come home, which she does. In Oxfordshire, Susannah becomes a surrogate mother for her sister, but though pregnant she still drinks and sleeps with everyone. As she tries clean up, Grace and Tom head to divorce court with custody becoming an issue.
This is an interesting look at two sisters whose lifestyles are dramatically different yet in many ways the same as each tends towards obsessiveness bordering on destructive compulsion. Numerous medical crises become a gimmicky conflict resolution technique that severely detracts from the family drama as does a bit of whimsy involving their mom. Still fans will wonder how much is too much sharing between sisters.
While some of the many sex scenes have a slight cringe factor, the stories move along well with just enough twists and turns to properly depict the sibling rivalries and entitlements that sisters share. The heart of the book is family relationships and how far we push each other. How did these sisters become polar opposites? And, is a reconcilement possible? It takes an almost divine intervention to make this unlikely event happen. Grace needs a baby and Susannah has three. Susannah needs a kidney and Grace has two. In //What's Yours is Mine//, ownership is hotly contested.
Reviewed by Julia McMichael