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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
Sister Carrie by William H. Coles is a touching family saga of love in the midst of clashing cultures. When young Carrie Broward is orphaned and taken in by her sister Jessie, she experiences a difficult adjustment to life in her sister’s community and finds comfort in a loving relationship with Zamel, a handsome and polite young man from Iran. When Carrie and Zamel’s love turns to marriage, family and cultural values clash, suspicions arise, and the resulting tensions educate and inspire in surprising and affirming ways.
Sister Carrie is filled to the brim with timely messages of love, healing, and tolerance in a world steeped in prejudice and ignorance. William H. Coles has packed a generous share of growth and healing into a narrative that hums along like clockwork, surprising and delighting at every turn. Coles’ characters are fresh, relevant, and alternately heartbreaking and inspiring. If we could all learn the lessons that Sister Carrie has to teach, the world would be a kinder and more compassionate place.
In Sister Carrie, William H. Coles has crafted a refreshing, healing family tale with love and compassion shining through even in the darkest moments. Sister Carrie shines a telling light on our societal tendency to make fear-based judgments when we encounter different ideas and different cultures and, in so doing, enlightens us all and shows us how we can fall short of our Christian ideals even when we have the best of intentions. Sister Carrie by William H. Coles is a gift of words for the world-weary soul.