Her Sister’s Shadow

Two sisters, estranged for forty years, reunite in their childhood home on Boston's South Shore.


Lilli Niles is at home in her North London flat when she receives an unexpected call. Her elder sister, Bea — at the family homestead in White Head, Massachusetts — has just lost her husband, and she'd like Lilli to fly home for the funeral.


Lilli, a painter, is preparing for her latest gallery opening. And more to the point, there are reasons she moved all the way to England to escape her older sister, reasons that have kept them estranged for decades.


But something in Bea's voice makes Lilli think it's time to return to the stately house in New England she loved as a child, to the memory of a shared loss — and to a time when simple sisterhood was enough to overcome betrayal and resentment.


In this emotional debut, Katharine Britton explores the divergent paths we take in life — and the turns in the road that bring us back, ultimately, to each other.



Read the first half of Chapter 1 of Her Sister’s Shadow.




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Her Sister’s Shadow Reviews

Seven Days, Vermont's Independent Voice says: "Britton's storytelling and descriptive powers come most alive in her flashbacks to the late '60s. The details of the four Niles sisters' country-club-bohemian lifestyle... are sharply observed, and their coastal home, jam-packed with undiscarded oddments and shrouded in mist and memories, soon becomes a character in its own right." Read more...


HER SISTER'S SHADOW was selected as one of the top nine "hottest book for the hottest months of 2011"  by Liza Bernard of The Norwich Bookstore on NHPR's The Exchange.


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