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DIY MFA: Character Relationships that Resonate with Jane Green

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This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews New York Times bestselling author Jane Green about her latest novel The Sunshine Sisters, a story with such intricate character relationships that it’s far more than a beach read. Jane Green is the author of eighteen novels, seventeen of which are New York Times bestsellers. Her novels have been published in over 25 languages, with over ten million books in print worldwide. In the past, she joined the ABC News Team to help write their first enhanced digital book about the history of Royal marriages, and then joined as a correspondent covering the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Not only has she spent her time writing books and blogs, but she has also contributed…

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J. Courtney Sullivan’s ‘Saints for All Occasions’ Explores Family Secrets

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Read on for a review of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions, by Jane Green, author of The Sunshine Sisters. Nora and Theresa Flynn are 21 and 17 when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she’s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn’t sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan—a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a…

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Jane Green’s ‘The Sunshine Sisters’ is an Emotional Journey

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I’ve read many of Jane Green’s previous novels, and The Sunshine Sisters (Berkley Books, June 6, 2017) is a standout. All of the characters are sympathetic and their motivations believable, even if I don’t always agree with their choices. The Sunshine sisters, Nell, Meredith and Lizzy, grow up with a narcissistic, emotionally abusive mother. A famous actress, Ronni Sunshine always places her interests above those of her daughters, and she is prone to bursts of unpredictable anger. When “the veil” covers Ronni’s face, her daughters know to steer clear of her at all costs. After high school, the sisters all flee their Westport childhood home and try to forge lives for themselves, but they all carry emotional scars from their…

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