Six Sisters by P. J. Lazos is a collection of three distinct novellas that share the common thread of depicting the complex relationships of sisters. The relationships and stories run deep and are filled with layered dynamics and feelings. Each story illustrates a deep-set bond that three different sets of sisters share, bonds filled with resentment, pain, love, and tragedy. In each story, the characters strive to carve out a place for themselves in a world that has dealt them serious blows. Their relationship with their sisters affects and shapes their quest in different ways.
In “A Gathering of One,” Danielle is tethered to Patrice because of a childhood incident. Patrice, a smart, capable woman, deals with guilt, anger, and exasperation as she tries to find her true identity after the passing of their mother.
In “List of 55,” Belinda suffers abuse and abandonment at the hands of her older sister, Simone. Yet, when she reaches her lowest, most desperate point in life, the person she calls for is none other than Simone, a testament to the unbreakable bond they share in spite of the horrendous past.
In “The Quality of Life,” even death does not break twins Ellie and her shaman sister Celia apart. If anything, it brings them closer. This story delves deeply into mysticism and spirituality, as Celia possesses qualities that allow her to communicate beyond our physical world. She uses this to help her brother-in-law and niece cope with the sudden death of their wife and mother, Ellie. It also seamlessly traces the spiritual journey of Ellie’s widow, “Doc,” as he goes from shock and grief to finding his way again.
The writing is stark and powerful, and the dialog flows naturally. The stories keep the reader captivated with profound characterizations as well as engaging plot twists and surprises. The novellas provoke contemplation and stay with the reader. It’s definitely a book to immerse yourself in and reflect upon.