PrologueI have to share two beginnings, a couple of pages apart.
New Madrid, Louisiana Territory
The first earthquake wasn't the strongest — that would come later, in February 1812 — but it must have been the most astonishing. It occurred shortly after two in the morning, and I imagine it awakening the people of New Madrid: the farmers and fur traders, the French Creoles and Indians and American pioneers.
Chapter 1someone else's review. The Coast (a New Zealand radio station) says the title of the book comes from a sign that hung for years on the door of the bedroom shared by the identical twin sisters: "Sisterland: Population 2." That intrigues me. My twins will turn 54 on May 3rd, and they are still very close. These two in the book, not so much apparently. See what I wrote about the book when I got it from the library. I wonder what happened to their "sisterland."
St. Louis, Missouri
The shaking started around three in the morning, and it happened that I was already awake because I'd nursed Owen at two and then, instead of going back to sleep, I'd lain there brooding about the fight I'd had at lunch with my sister, Vi.
By the way, which of these covers do you prefer? Why? I'll give my answer in the comments later, maybe tonight. I'll also share my reason for choosing one over the other.
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