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  1. The Butterfly Sister: A Novel (P.S.)
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  2. The Butterfly Sister: A Novel (P.S.)

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In The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen—a moving Gothic tale that intertwines mystery, madness, betrayal, love, and literature—a fragile young woman must silence the ghosts of her past.

Ten months after dropping out of all-girl Tarble College, Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year, a time marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that caused her to question her sanity.

When a mysterious suitcase arrives bearing Ruby's name and address, she tries to return it to its rightful owner, Beth—a dorm-mate at Tarble—only to learn that Beth disappeared two days earlier.

With clues found in the luggage, including a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own, which Ruby believes instigated her madness, she sets out to uncover the truth.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I would prefer to give this book 3 1/2 stars. Somewhere between good and really good. I purchased a copy of "The Butterfly Sisters" on Amazon after seeing it advertised on Goodreads. It's an easy book to read. I liked the author's writing style and the story was well-paced (until the end). I also liked the themes of women's literature, creativity, suicide, madness, New Orleans, ghosts, and the bittersweet angst of college romances. It even reminded me a bit at the beginning of "The Bell Jar," a novel that I'm fairly sure the author hoped to invoke.

However, as other reviewers have noted, there were elements of the story that seemed far-fetched. And the ending was so convoluted and such a disappointment that it spoiled a novel that otherwise had the makings of an excellent read.

About two-thirds of the way through this book, when Ruby meets and attends a lecture of Professor Barnard's, I thought to myself, "Wow, this is really good - a... Read more
Setting aside the gross grammatical errors for a former English teacher, such as "naval" oranges at the top of page 56, and all the "just like her" rather than proper "just like she" phrases as possible typographical mistakes, the book is clearly written at a 5th-7th-grade level, not only at the level of sentence structure, but at a psychological scope as well. How many young women attempted suicide in the book? 5 or 6? More? I lost count. ALL of them over a man, the same man? Really? Puh-leeze. Not once was this concept questioned or confronted. Not even in the Reader's Guide. It is assumed, and accepted (as Hansen repeatedly makes the point that "silence means acceptance), that women will kill themselves over the loss of a man. Period. If this is a fluff "Beach Read" as the jacket quotes, why is there even a Reader's Guide? And if the text does not flesh out the obvious, do the discussion questions not have a responsibility to confront this... Read more
Most of this book is excellent. Beautifully written, with great insights into the thoughts of a young woman in this situation. There are many instances of professors taking advantage of students like this, probably at every school. The story of how these young women work through their emotions is fascinating, but I wish the author had left it at that. The addition at the end of a crazy woman with a gun, one who wears many disguises (to fill in several deep plot holes), ruined the book for me. It was totally unbelievable and dragged a sensitive, emotionally genuine story into the realm of cliche and cheap thrills.
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