Rachael Herron explores the relationships between women in her new novel, Splinters of Light. When Nora Glass is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she begins to worry about how the disease will affect her daughter, Ellie. Nora enlists the help of her twin sister, Marianna, with whom she’s always had a complicated relationship, in order to find a way to get through a problem they never envisioned while seeing the joy and beauty that has always been there. Herron may be writing as an outsider when it comes to the nuclear family, but this childless lesbian’s novel gives a powerful and moving story that, according to best-selling author Carolyn Brown, “expertly slices up the reality of life as seen through the eyes of a teenager, a mother, and a sister.” Penguin (penguin.com). —Bradley Donalson
Bradley Donalson is a frequent contributor to OutSmart magazine.
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