Books That Remind Me of My BFFs

img_0188Waxing sentimental now that another year has passed me by. I used to pride myself on not being a crier, but these days, I find it harder to avoid. Maybe it's the seasonal affective disorder. Or the whole aging thing. Or that the rest of my family lives outside of Washington. I can speculate lots of things, but seriously, I'll be the first to say that sometimes a girl just needs her mommy, her daddy, and her BFFs- my sisters, in this case. I miss those jerks.

If you have a BFF who drives you crazy, but you can't stand to be without, you might want to take a look at some of these picks to tide you over until you can see them again:

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Poor Tita is in love with Pedro, but they are not allowed to marry because the tradition of this family is to have the youngest daughter (Tita in this case) stay unmarried so she can take care of her mother in her old age. The mother suggests Pedro marry Tita's oldest sister Rosaura, which he does in order to stay close to his true love. Oh, the heartbreak!

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Okay, so there aren't sisters in this one, but when I first read it, I was struck by the complexity of the family relationship that I had to send all three of my sisters a copy of their very own. It's called "A Family Tragicomic," focusing on the relationship between daughter and father, with a recurring theme of sexuality and gender orientation. Perhaps it was escapism to read about the dysfunctions of a family not my own.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

*Spoiler Alert: Suicide happens. A group of sisters growing up with overprotective parents? Sounds like my house. And I don't know if the boys who lived across the street from us were curious about the mysteries of the Mangohig Girls as the boys in Eugenides' book were about the Lisbon Girls, but I'd like to think so. I'd REALLY like to think so.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

The Garcia girls move to 1960's New York from the Dominican Republic to seek refuge from political turmoil in their country. Change is difficult, and traditional parents can be a drag. Sometimes. I feel for those girls. There were some parts of American culture my own parents never got. (You'll never understand my disappointment when the Tooth Fairy didn't show up for my first tooth.)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

In a rural province of China, Lily and Snow Flower aren't sisters, but they might as well be. Their relationship is one that is stronger than the bond between a husband and his wife. That is, until a misunderstanding jeopardizes their decades long friendship. I've definitely had my own rifts with my sisters that required healing. Sometimes I'm too stubborn for my own good.

Which books remind you of your BFFs?


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