Readers fell in love with Emily Cavanagh and her debut novel, THE BLOOM SISTERS (Lake UnionPublishing).
The story about sisters Cal, Violet and Suzy who gather for their father’s funeral on the Maine coast introduced us to a new writer with a human touch.
Now, in her new novel, THIS BRIGHT BEAUTY, we read about identical twin sisters, Franci and Lottie.
Franci and Lottie may be identical twins, but that’s where the similarities end. Franci has always been the stable one, while Lottie has bipolar disorder, constantly battling depression and mania. After years of taking care of her sister, Franci moves across the country to build a life for herself. Now, all the two share is distance.
But when Lottie gets in an accident, Franci reluctantly steps back into her familiar role as protector. She returns to find her sister’s life in complete disarray and makes a shocking discovery: Lottie has an infant daughter she never told Franci about. Although Franci swore she wouldn’t get sucked back in, she can’t leave the baby alone in Lottie’s care.
As Lottie further unravels, a secret is revealed that she has kept since childhood—one that has the power to reframe the sisters’ entire relationship, forcing Franci to ask herself if the secret was too much for Lottie to bear. Was the accident really an accident, and who has been protecting whom all these years?
Emily shared some Holiday cheer with us.
1. What is your favorite Holiday?
When I was younger, my favorite holiday was Christmas, but these days I find my favorite is Thanksgiving. I love the welcoming of fall and the chance to gather with my family over food. Unlike Christmas, which can be tinged with sadness or guilt or expectation, Thanksgiving is about gratitude and coming together.
2. What do you love about the Holidays?
I love watching my daughters’ excitement. There is something magical about the holidays when sharing them with young children, and despite the inevitable stress that comes with being an adult during this time, watching my children’s joy makes it all worth it.
3. What is your favorite Holiday memory?
My fondest holiday memory is of Christmas morning when I was a child. My brother and I would always wake up early on this day, but had strict instructions of what time we were allowed to wake our parents. Before they were awake, my brother and I would sneak downstairs to catch a glimpse of the tree stacked with presents and the overflowing stockings hanging by the fireplace. There was something enchanted about that hushed early hour, the excitement and expectation of the day still before us.
4. What are your wishes for 2019?
My daughters are five and nine, and they’re both at such wonderful ages that I sometimes wish I could hit pause right here. Family life can be busy and exhausting, and too often I rush through it all in an effort to get everything “done.” My wish for 2019 is to slow down and appreciate them at this stage, to focus less on an endless to-do list and more on enjoying our time together.
Emily Cavanagh is a writer, teacher, and mother. Her work has been published in Grain Magazine, Transfer, The Vineyard Gazette, and Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Ideas among other online and print publications. Emily lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband and their two daughters.
She loves to hear from readers:
Emily has provided us with a signed copy of THIS BRIGHT BEAUTY to give away. Just tell us something about your relationship with your sibling/s, or a memory of growing up as an only child. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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