The Language of Sisters

Cathy Lamb


The Language of Sisters

The Language of Sisters

  • Title: The Language of Sisters
  • Author: Cathy Lamb
  • ISBN: 9780758295101
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback



From acclaimed author Cathy Lamb comes a warm and thoughtful novel about the secrets that can break or unite a family and the voices that resonate throughout our lives Toni Kozlovsky can t explain how she knows exactly what her sisters are feeling only that the connection seems to happen out of the blue, just when they need it most Since Toni, Valerie, and Ellie wereFrom acclaimed author Cathy Lamb comes a warm and thoughtful novel about the secrets that can break or unite a family and the voices that resonate throughout our lives Toni Kozlovsky can t explain how she knows exactly what her sisters are feeling only that the connection seems to happen out of the blue, just when they need it most Since Toni, Valerie, and Ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, their parents have insisted it s simply further proof that the Kozlovskys are special and different Now a crime and justice reporter, Toni lives on a yellow tugboat on Oregon s Willamette River As far as her parents are concerned, the pain of their old life and their dangerous escape should remain buried in the Moscow they left behind, as should the mysterious past of their adopted brother, Dmitry But lately, Toni s talent for putting on a smile isn t enough to keep memories at bay Valerie, a prosecuting attorney, wages constant war against the wrongs she could do nothing about as a child Youngest sister Ellie is engaged to marry an Italian, breaking her mother s heart in the process Toni fears she s about to lose her home, while the hard edged DEA agent down the dock keeps trying to break through her reserve Meanwhile, beneath the culture clashes and endearing quirks within her huge, noisy, loving family are deeper secrets that Toni has sworn to keep even from the one person she longs to help most As poignant as it is humorous, The Language of Sisters explores the echoes of the past that can cling to the present and how love, laughter, and family can rescue us time and again.


Recent Comments "The Language of Sisters"

I can't remember the last time I had such fun reading a book. Not that this is all sweetness and light, though there is plenty of that too. A Russian family, Christians in a dictatorship, escape from Moscow where they were in danger, making a new life in Oregon, secrets they carry with them. There is so much humor, food with unusual names, descriptions of decorating and homes, life living on a tugboat, and one large, loving and unusual family.I fell in love with this family, all of them and foun [...]

3+ stars. I feel a bit conflicted about The Language of Sisters. I liked the basic story and characters, and I really liked the background story set in the Soviet Union, but it was way too long and dragged out the secrets and tension way too much. I also didn't love the touch of magic. The story is narrated by Toni, one of three adult sisters. The sisters live in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by their parents, aunts, uncles and cousins who all immigrated to the US from the Soviet Union. Toni has [...]

Charming, witty, occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, this is the story of leaving another life, another way of life, behind, coming to America and building a new life. Sometimes, though, the things you thought you left behind, buried deep in memories, resurface. You keep trying to shove them back down, only to have someone else work harder to release the buried past. The characters in this story are ones you will remember, all the generations, all the people, but especially sisters Elvira, Toni a [...]

I really don't know where to begin talking about this book. Cathy Lamb is an author whose work I have come to enjoy in the last couple of years - thanks to an Australian blogger at Book'd Out. Lamb's books just so satisfy my reading heart.Toni is the narrator, one of three sisters who have a very special bond. They began their lives in Russia in the 80's where it was dangerous for them. They were under the eye of the KGB and their large extended family were quietly escaping to the USA. While the [...]

Honestly not quite sure how Cathy Lamb pulled off this novel. Experience may be the only answer. So many of the book's early pages are introducing her sprawling cast of characters: protagonist Toni Kozlovsky, her huge Russian-American family, and her neighbors at the docks where Toni rents a slip for the tugboat she lives on. There are subplots for most of these characters that would typically have me either creating a spreadsheet or setting the book down in exasperation. Yet the characters are [...]

I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Cathy's newest book. This is my honest and unsolicited review:This is a story of the Koslovsky family, immigrants from Communist Russia. There's papa Alexei, Svetlana, mother to three daughters-Toni, Valerie and Ellie, and one son-Dimitry. It's a close knit family who love one another deeply. There are family secrets that must never be revealed. Memories that are best not discussed, but never forgotten.Each member of the family has their own story to tell. It [...]

I can't remember the last time I read a book and I fell so in love with the characters in it. I cried like a baby at the end, not just because it was a marvelous ending but also because I am truly going to miss these people. They have been my friends for the past couple of days and I will miss being a part of their lives. You may think that sounds silly, but such is the power of Cathy Lamb and her brilliant words. I grew to adore Toni. I cried with her and I giggled with her and I fell in love w [...]

A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.What a beautiful cover!Cathy Lambrenders another heartfelt story of family and secrets -THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS.An engrossing family saga linked by blood, marriage, and long-held secrets and special sisterly bonds. Meet the Kozlovskys.A huge loving family. They had survived. They have endured much hardship in Moscow. Their father barely so, their mother only through endless grit and determination-- but th [...]

I loved this book! I loved everything about it - the characters, the story line, the love and the wonderful sounding Russian foods that were discussed. Cathy Lamb has done it again and written a book that with characters who won't soon be forgotten. This book has a little bit of everything - mystery (what was the secret that no one was supposed to discuss?), drama (will the trial end without Valerie being hurt or killed?), love (will Toni learn to love again?), food ( what will be special be nam [...]

This is a book worthy of a whole weekend. I wish I would have done that--schedule nothing but me, this book, a blanket, endless spruced-up coffee, relaxing in a recliner to read Toni K's. story.This is a long book with so many subplots, and you don't want to rush it. It will take you from laughing about Toni's mother who names dinner specials at their restaurant after what is going on in her family (or what she interprets to be going on!) The mother is vivacious, loving, and funny.Then on the ot [...]

Too drawn outHow I have pondered whether or not to write this review of a book written by one of my most favorite authors. I have loved every book with Cathy Lamb's name on the jacket, but The Language of Sisters left me in a quandary. Parts of the story are incredibly powerful; other parts are too drawn out. Despite assigning only three stars, I do not consider the book to be average, but it did not live up to my high expectations. The Kozlovsky family emigrated from the Soviet Union to Oregon [...]

Amazing, heartfelt story The Language of Sisters is a beautiful, heartfelt story of sisters and families, of love and second chances, and of the glory of people coming together. It's about home; making a home or coming home; whether it's in Moscow, or Portland; whether it's on a tugboat, or an apartment, or a house in the country. You will become totally invested in all of the characters, who are as real to me as my own family. You will laugh, you will cry, but above all, you will FEEL. I absolu [...]

An amazing story of love, friendship, secrets and second chances. You will love it!!

I love Cathy Lamb and her quirky writing. She has a common template: a close, crazy family; flawed characters who are challenged, learn and grow; style of some sort (clothes, shoes, lingerie); a hunky man who has to win his lady love; and some social cause/concern. At times, her writing soars; other times, I simply applaud her effort. This book was not her best. It seemed formulaic and, often, it tried too hard. There were gaps or leaps or mistakes in sections. The writing repeated itself in an [...]

I am a huge fan of Cathy's! I have all her books to date and until I read this one, Henry's sisters was my favorite! Well, that has changed! This one is now my favorite! I feel in love with the Kozlovsky family! It is the type of book you are anxious to find out how it ends, but you really don't want it to ! I just finished it last night and I feel a little lost knowing I don't have this book to read today! It is a story of several generations and the secrets and struggles they endured to surviv [...]

This was a moving story of the bonds between family -- a family whose roots start in the Soviet Union and whose path leads them to the U.S. It is a story of an educated husband and wife, trying to make a living for themselves and their three daughters in a time in Russian history that finds most in want for food, shelter and the simple amenities in life that we take for granted. Without spoiling the story, there are circumstances surrounding their need to leave Russia and thus they begin working [...]

The Language of Sisters by Cathy LambLike the story line enough to want to read this but it's over 450 pages long.Russian parents come to the US with their three daughters and they open a restaurant. What I like about this is although it's about a Russian family it could easily be a Portuguese one(my nationality) as there is much that upsets the mother. Oregon, what a lovely area.One daughter wants to marry an Italian and that sets off her creating new dishes for the restaurant because she is th [...]

Skipped most of the middle; read the last 10 pages, and felt no loss.

Sweet story, quirky characters. Nothing special for me

I loved everything about this book, the characters and the storyline. I was hoping it was a series, but I don't think so. Best book I've read in a long time!!!

I found this book accidentally while searching for another. But, I'm glad I found it. It's the story of a modern day Russian family who emigrates to the west coast escaping Communism. A few years ago I went to a parenting conference in Portland, Oregon. One of the topic areas was providing assistance and education to current day Russian immigrants. I was intrigued by that; I didn't attend those sessions as that wasn't relevant to my work but was reminded of it as I read this book. There is a fai [...]

This was a moving story of the bonds between family -- a. family whose roots start in the Soviet Union and whose path leads them to the U.S. It is a story of an educated husband and wife, trying to make a living for themselves and their three daughters in a time in Russian history that finds most in want for food, shelter and the simple amenities in life that we take for granted. Without spoiling the story, there are circumstances surrounding their need to leave Russia and thus they begin workin [...]

Oh my goodnessI so loved THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS (Kensington, September 2016)! Like, a lot.Honestly, this is my first Cathy Lamb book and it won't be my last. This woman can write, and write some more. Reading THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS was one of the best reading experiences I've had in a long time; I laughed, I cried, most of the time, I didn't even realize I was reading. It's that good.The Koslovsky family is a bustling American-Russian family living in Oregon, immigrants from Communist Russia. [...]

Kensington Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Language of Sisters, in exchange for an honest review.My review of this book will not be popular, if the multitude of five star ratings are any indication. To be perfectly honest, I was bothered mostly by the writing style. It was choppy in places and rambles on in others. The narrator of the book is Antonia, a crime reporter for the Oregon Standard, so it is implausible that she would not be eloquent in the telling of her [...]

I found myself so immersed in this wonderful family saga and their secrets, from their old and tragic days in Russia to living now in America with the three sisters, that the title and cover of this book so beautifully display. Toni, Valerie and Ellie hear each others voices in their heads and know immediately of their siblings deepest fears, and desires. They remember the hard times of having to be pickpockets in Russia, to survive, know the evil of the KGB which forced them to hide, lest the f [...]

I have not read any books by this author but I think I will have to now. This is a poignant, funny, sad, and emotional story of a family who had emigrated from Russia and established a business and life in Oregon. The focus is on the three sisters, Toni, Ellie, and Valerie. Since childhood they have possessed the uncanny ability of being able to communicate with one another through their thoughts. Their mother says the talent is centered in the family "widow's peak". This talent has enabled them [...]

Thank you so very much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to review this wonderful book by Cathy Lamb, The Language of Sisters!!! It was simply amazing. It is a story about Toni and her 2 sisters Valerie and Ellie. They were born in Russia but moved to the United States with their parents and adopted brother when they were little girls. Each sister has their own story line and all 3 sisters are amazing characters. Toni's story is a story of a love lost. Valerie is a prosecutor who [...]

I've loved Cathy Lamb since I read The Last Time I was Me. When I feel like women's fiction (not chick lit), she's one of my go to authors. This one was different than the others that I've read in that it is about a large Russian family who fled to the US during WWII. It celebrates their family bonds and how they cope together. Every one of her books features a delightfully quirky character and I loved how she drew the one in this book. This one also features a touch of magical realism much like [...]

I really enjoyed the main story line, and the way the author tied in the past from Russia to the present. I also like the setting in Portland Oregon since I'm familiar with the area. I wasn't a huge fan of the "magic" language between the sisters, or the poor English spoken by the parents -considering they were highly educated and had been living in America for several decades. I felt it was enough o a contradiction that it affected the story's authenticity. But it was an easy read, and there we [...]

I enjoyed the closeness of the sisters and the close family ties. I was a bit distressed that the family secrets were kept from the brother for so long. While I loved the characters, I wanted them all to go to therapy. Loved the description of the houseboat community and enjoyed the brief descriptions of Moscow.


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