The Alphabet Sisters

Sisters are always there for each other . . . aren’t they?

Anna, Bett and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars – the Alphabet Sisters.  As adults they haven’t spoken in years.  Not since Bett’s fiancé left her for another sister…

Now Lola, their larger-than-life grandmother, summons them home for a birthday extravaganza and a surprise announcement.  But just as the rifts begin to close, the Alphabet Sisters face a test none of them ever imagined.

A witty, wise family saga, filled with warmth and humour, this is an unforgettable story of three women who learn that being true to themselves means being true to each other.


This book took my breath away. I fell in love with Lola, who’s one of the best characters I’ve been blessed to meet in years. And I cried like I haven’t cried over a book in years, too, so be forewarned. You’ll embrace these sisters and their fragmented families. Ms McInerney tosses every emotion into her story and then stirs the pot with characters, gifted plotting and an elegant writing style. The end result is a classic story that should be your first read this summer., USA, April 2005

Emotional and deeply moving, McInerney’s novel details the realistic heartaches experienced by the Quinlan sisters. The characters are thoroughly believable as their close relationships become fractured through difficult experiences… With its stunning, heartfelt conclusion, this novel will quickly become a favorite with fans of women’s fiction.
Sheri Melnick, Romantic Times, USA, June 2005

Vivid characterisations and sharply honed dialogue…. McInerney brings humour and insight into issues of sibling rivalry, family secrecy and romantic betrayal.
The Boston Globe, May 2005

If you haven’t heard of Monica McInerney, you’re about to.
New York Post, May 2005

Monica McInerney has written a refreshing contemporary tale of family. I found myself laughing and crying with the sisters as they each realized that being true to themselves means being true to each other., USA, May 2005

A terrific relationship tale … readers will take immense pleasure with this deep Australian family drama.
Harriet Klausner, The Best, USA, May 2005

McInerney’s touching exploration of family interaction, of adult sibling rivalry, of a mother’s heartache when her child is bullied, of loss and grief, is tender and well-observed. Peppered with musical references and old Irish sayings, there is also plenty of her trademark wit, but have the hankies ready for this, probably her best novel yet.
Irish Independent, March 2004

A gentle and life-affirming story. We come away feeling better about the world and, maybe, just a little more tender towards those close to us.
Sydney Morning Herald, February 2004

Genuinely warm and imaginative with an unforgettable cast of quirky characters, this epic family saga, set in the Clare Valley of Southern Oz, brings the idiosyncrasies of small-town Australia, sibling-rivalry, plus the pain and pleasure of new and old loves brilliantly to life. It bursts with humour, honesty, drama and local colour. It’ll have you in stitches. It’ll reduce you to tears. It may even make you appreciate your own sisters that little bit more.
Derry News, Northern Ireland, March 2004

A charming and exciting family drama, full of surprises.
Evening Herald, Ireland, April 2004

An imaginative plot which keeps the reader happy from cover to cover. Expect laughs and tears aplenty as Lola and her girls are brought to life by the accomplished pen of Monica McInerney. A cracking good read.
Hull Daily Mail, UK, March 2004

McInerney is a dab hand at getting her characters exactly right. They are utterly believable, often lovable and familiar.West Australian, March 2004

A lovely, warm-hearted story with likeable, human characters and a wonderful, wonderful ending.
Newcastle Herald, Australia, March 2004

You’ll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next.
Cosmopolitan magazine (‘This Month’s Must Read’), Australia, April 2004

A wonderful read for girls who have sisters, and those who wish they had.
She magazine (‘She’s Rave Read’), New Zealand, March 2004

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