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Irises by Francisco X. Stork
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Disappointing, after Marcelo in the Real World (will probably give it to Good Will) ( )
  DavidO1103 | Jun 9, 2013 |
Very thorough exploration of family, trust, honesty and end-of-life choices. Probably the first book I've read that deeply explores the differences between dying when in a persistent vegetative state and dying from a terminal condition. Surprisingly, this book is not a "downer". The relationship between two sisters slowly and beautifully develops under Stork's skillful pen. ( )
  nandrews | Apr 4, 2013 |
A touching story about two sisters facing family tragedy together. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Mary and Kate's father dies and their mother is in a vegatative state. This is about their lives and how they have to cope with this. I liked the book pretty much although it was a bit too religious for me. The writing style reminded me of a novel from the 1950's or 1960's ( )
  TheMadHatters | Feb 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 054515135X, Hardcover)

Two sisters discover what's truly worth living for in the new novel by the author of MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD.

TWO SISTERS: Kate is bound for Stanford and an M.D. -- if her family will let her go. Mary wants only to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state, and how to get along in all their uneasy sisterhood.

THREE YOUNG MEN: Then three men sway their lives: Kate's boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing her ambition because it matches his own.

ONE AGONIZING CHOICE: Kate and Mary each find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom. But it's Mama's life that might divide them for good -- the question of *if* she lives, and what's worth living for.

IRISES is Francisco X. Stork's most provocative and courageous novel yet.

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Kate, eighteen, and Mary, sixteen, must make some adult decisions about the course their lives should take when their loving but old-fashioned father dies suddenly, leaving them with their mother, who has been in a persistant vegetative state since an accident four years earlier.… (more)

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