A Beautiful and Courageous Story. Couldn’t Put it Down.

About The Book

Samantha―the fashionable wife of a successful businessman and doting mother of one―struggles to negotiate the spheres of intimacy between her husband and her family of origin. Samantha loves her husband, Richard, and she loves her sister, Elizabeth. But the two of them can barely exist in the same room, which has caused the entire family years of emotional distress. Yet it’s not until Samantha’s sister is diagnosed at age forty-three with lung cancer that her family and her marriage are tipped into full-blown crisis.

A story of love, loss, forgiveness, learning to live with grief, and healing, Appearances will

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” A Beautiful and Courageous Story. Couldn’t Put it Down. “

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” This book was a basically a woman on a rant about her life – I kept reading hoping that there would at some stage be a point to her introspection – it didn’t happen. “

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Sondra Helene

About the Author

Sondra Helene is the author of Appearances, an award winning book that earned acclaim from the prestigious Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She is a board member and writer at GrubStreet, Boston’s center for literary life. Appearances is her first novel. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and has a master’s degree from Columbia University. She has studied fiction and nonfiction at GrubStreet, Gotham Writers Workshop, The Sirenland Writers conference, Fine Arts Work Center and Kripalu. She writes about family relationships, sisters, marriage and grief. Sondra is a past president of The Friends of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a fundraising arm of the hospital. She’s also chaired fundraisers for Massachusetts General Hospital and the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. She loves the beach and the mountains. She has two grown children and lives near Boston with her husband and two poodles.


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