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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
We Turn to Face the Sun by Stephanianna Lozito is a tale of bravery, profound loss, and the power to move on. This is a story about two sisters, Jennifer and Tara Rossi, as they tell their truths leading to a deep wound that leaves a permanent scar. Tara was found dead at Ramada Inn on Route 70. Here, Jennifer begins to tell her story. It's hard for her to comprehend that Tara has killed herself because she knows her late sister was notoriously stubborn. She always felt that Tara’s rebelliousness was what kept her zest for life. And as Tara tells her story, a revelation of a part of her persona is uncovered—a young woman who feels insecure. Tara confesses that she doesn’t like being around Jennifer, feeling that her sister is a know-it-all, a shadow that Tara has been living in her entire life. And as the introspective narrative traces the past that leads to Tara’s death, Jennifer will come to an awareness of the things that broke her sister.
Here, Stephanianna Lozito offers a brilliant dramatic narrative of a domestic issue that we should all be concerned about. She effectively turns the knowledge and the authority she has based on her own profound and touching experience into gold by writing a story that orchestrates genuine feelings and gives an in-depth exploration of the thoughts and feelings of the main characters involved. Lozito evokes a reflective sense of memory and nostalgia embedded within every chapter between the two sisters’ alternating points of view. Her structure of well-paced and detailed flashbacks that trace the origins of the plot’s tragedy has an emotional range complemented by a soothing tone as the surviving sibling acknowledges the need to move on. We Turn to Face the Sun is an intelligent and powerful drama of sisterhood that I strongly recommend to everyone.