The Bloom sisters are close, but not about sharing secrets and feelings with one another. In Emily Cavanagh’s (Lake Union Publishing), THE BLOOM GIRLS, the sisters are all named after flowers: Cal – Calla Lillies, Violet, well, Violets and Susan, Black-eyed Susan’s. Cal is the oldest, she’s private and takes charge. Violet is the middle sister, the outspoken rebel at heart. Susan, or Suzy as she’s called within the family, is the baby, warm and kind, the peacemaker.
Each sister is in the middle of her own personal crisis when she receives news that their father has died. Cal is torn between her own family and high-powered career as a lawyer. Violet regrets breaking up with a man she now believes she loves. And Suzy is dealing with her own issues. Since their parent’s divorce, each has had a very different relationship with their father. Cal has been close, while Violet and Suzy have barely spoken to him.
All three set aside their differences and drive up from Boston to their father’s home in Maine to make plans for his funeral. Immediately memories from the past are dredged up stirring up emotions, which turn the sister’s time together into an intense rollercoaster. Each starts revisiting her own unique version of the past and all end up learning more from each other about their father than anticipated. They’re forced to consider the man they thought was their father, may have been someone entirely different.
A teacher as well as a writer, Emily Cavanagh lives with her husband and two daughters on Martha’s Vineyard Island. Her work has been published in Red Rock Review, Grain Magazine, Transfer, and Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Ideas. Read more about Emily’s work and life at www.emilycavanaghauthor.com.
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