The Murderer’s Daughtersby Randy Susan Meyers has gotten rave reviews in hardcover. It just came out in paperback this week and it’s the most recent Target Club Pick, so I thought it would be a great choice for this week’s book trailer.
Here’s the description:
Lulu and Merry’s childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu’s tenth birthday their father drives them into a nightmare. He’s always hungered for the love of the girl’s self-obsessed mother. After she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly.
Lulu’s mother warned her to never let him in, but when he shows up, he’s impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past ten-year-old Lulu, who obeys her father’s instructions to open the door, then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help and discovers upon her return that he’s murdered her mother, stabbed her sister, and tried to kill himself.
For thirty years, the sisters try to make sense of what happened. Their imprisoned father is a specter in both their lives, shadowing every choice they make. Though one spends her life pretending he’s dead, while the other feels compelled to help him, both fear that someday their imprisoned father’s attempts to win parole may meet success.
The Murderer’s Daughters is narrated in turn by Merry and Lulu. The book follows the sisters as children, as young women, and as adults, always asking how far forgiveness can stretch, while exploring sibling loyalty, the aftermath of family violence, and the reality of redemption.
Here’s the trailer:
And here’s what people are saying about The Murderer’s Daughter:
“Dives fearlessly into a tense and emotional story of two sisters anchored to one irreversible act of domestic violence. ” Christine Thomas, The Miami Herald
“How both sisters live, from the squalor of an orphanage to the empty silences of suburban living, is all too believable and heartbreaking.” Sarah Weinman, LA Times ‘Knock-Out Debuts’
“A gripping tale of sisters Merry and Lulu struggling for 30 years to find their way in the world, one devoted to their imprisoned father, the other enraged at him.” Jan Gardner, Boston Globe
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