Summary

The Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream delivers the highest of highs and the lowest of lows among sisterly love. It’s a beautiful story from start to finish.

5-STAR REVIEW: THE FREDERICK SISTERS ARE LIVING THE DREAM by Jeannie Zusy

The Description

Publication Date: September 20, 2022

Every family has its fault lines, and when Maggie gets a call from the ER in Maryland where her older sister lives, the cracks start to appear. Ginny, her sugar-loving and diabetic older sister with intellectual disabilities, has overdosed on strawberry Jell-O.

Maggie knows Ginny really can’t live on her own, so she brings her sister and her occasionally vicious dog to live near her in upstate New York. Their other sister, Betsy, is against the idea but as a professional surfer, she is conveniently thousands of miles away.

Thus, Maggie’s life as a caretaker begins. It will take all of her dark humor and patience, already spread thin after a separation, raising two boys, freelancing, and starting a dating life, to deal with Ginny’s diapers, sugar addiction, porn habit, and refusal to cooperate. Add two devoted but feuding immigrant aides and a soon-to-be ex-husband who just won’t go away, and you’ve got a story that will leave you laughing through your tears as you wonder who is actually taking care of whom.

The Review

When her middle sister suffers medical issues that require caretaking, Maggie finds herself stepping up to assist. While she initially may have been wearing rose-colored glasses at the time, reality soon delivers a wake-up call. Author Jeannie Zusy creates a quirky tale of sibling relationships in The Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream.

Maggie is the sister we should all aspire to be. She drives 5.5 hours to pick up Ginny, who can no longer live by herself as a result of diabetes coupled with her intellectual challenges (she reads and writes at a third-grade level). Rascal, Ginny’s not-so-sweet dog, also makes the trip. The destination is a nursing home close to Maggie’s house.

Anyone who has ever had to make placement decisions for a loved one will identify with the struggle involving guilt. Ginny throws plenty of it at Maggie. Meanwhile, poor Maggie is stuck between duty and caving into Ginny’s demands, many of which are supported by eldest sister Betsy who flits in and out when it suits her.

Not only is she dealing with the caretaking role, but Maggie and her husband are separated. She’s got fires with her boys to handle, work to juggle, and a niggling desire to be wanted as a woman. Somewhere along the way, the challenges melt away, and new chapters await the siblings.

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About The AuthorJeannie Zusy has written several full-length plays, screenplays, and short stories. Her work has been performed off-Broadway and beyond and appeared in McSweeney’s. The Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream is her first novel.

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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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5-STAR REVIEW: THE FREDERICK SISTERS ARE LIVING THE DREAM by Jeannie ZusyThe Frederick Sisters are Living the Dream delivers the highest of highs and the lowest of lows among sisterly love. It’s a beautiful story from start to finish.