I feel like Sisters really needs to be reissued. This has been a hot topic for a while now, and I wish that the publishing industry would respond to market-demand instead of using the usual strategies. Noted, this supportive editorial from today's papers:
IT'S one weird summer when the nation's favorite beach reading inclines to best sellers by Bill Clinton, the 9/11 Commission, John Dean and Tommy Franks ... real page-turners.You can read the whole article here.
But there's another book, written by another well-known political figure, and it's a doozy. Throughout its pages are fornication (the heroine with her late sister's husband), incest (half brother knocks up half sister), adultery (the heroine, with her first husband's friend), contraception and lesbian couplings (the heroine's sister and an older woman). And incidentally, lynchings, dogicide, cattle theft and robber-baronism.
The book was published 23 years ago, before the author's husband became one of the nation's most influential politicians, and before the author became a Valkyrie in the culture wars. And the author is ... aha, you thought I was going to say Hillary Clinton, didn't you?
It's Lynne Cheney, wife of the Republican vice president. The book is a frontier novel of the 19th century called "Sisters." It's hot, it's sexy and it's out of print.