logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
The Sister - Poppy Adams
The Sister
by: (author)
2.77 65
From her lookout in the crumbling mansion that was her childhood home, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to arrive. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left nearly fifty years ago; the reclusive Ginny has rarely ventured out, retreating into the precise routines that... show more
From her lookout in the crumbling mansion that was her childhood home, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to arrive. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left nearly fifty years ago; the reclusive Ginny has rarely ventured out, retreating into the precise routines that define her days, carrying on her father’s solitary work studying moths.

As the sisters revisit their shared past, they realize that their recollections differ in essential and unsettling ways. Before long, the deeply buried resentments that have shaped both their lives rise to the surface, and Vivien’s presence threatens to disrupt Ginny’s carefully ordered world.

Told in Ginny’s unforgettable voice, this subtle and chilling debut novel tells an extraordinary story of how families are capable of undoing themselves—especially in the name of love.
show less
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307268167 (0307268160)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 273
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
My Bookathone
My Bookathone rated it
4.0 The Behaviour of Moths
This book talks a great deal about moths and lepidoptery practices, along with a parallel heart touching story of two sisters. Both going through a series of events, and tragedies, which are incomparable with each other. The elder sister Virginia, is an established professional scientist but an alie...
Kinga's Books
Kinga's Books rated it
4.0 Poppy Adams - The Behaviour of Moths
Two sisters meet again after years of estrangement. The air is heavy with resentment and grudges. We learn the story from Ginny the narrator. We hope to get the unbiased account of events because Ginny is supposed to be the reasonable and sensible one, the scientist. Sometimes later we, of course, r...
The City Of Invention
The City Of Invention rated it
5.0 Sinister Tales Of A Dysfunctional Family
A fascinating debut novel from an author with enormous promise, The Behaviour Of Moths is the neo-gothic story of a dysfunctional family told from the viewpoint of the obsessional, deluded and probably autistic elder daughter, Virginia. Set in a huge, crumbling mansion in Dorset, the narrative focus...
ginamonge
ginamonge rated it
3.0 The Sister
Overall, it was an interesting story. It was definitely a page turner--I don't think I would read it again, but it did make you want to keep reading. Some parts of the story were a little far-fetched, but that doesn't make or break a book for me. So...I would say that it is an entertaining novel--no...
2manybooks2read
2manybooks2read rated it
2.0
sad to report that this book turned out to be a complete waste of my time. i kept waiting and hoping for something huge to be revealed since one sister had left home for 57 years b/c of it (and i'll admit that while i often prefer resolution, i can live without it, if the book is good enough), but ...
Other editions (17)
Books by Poppy Adams
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?