"I believe she married him for his broken nose. She needed someone she could pull in close, who looked to the world the way she felt inside."
This is a hard-hitting tale of a dysfunctional relationship between two sisters, the driven and domineering Amanda, and the rebellious and intense Molly. Angry at her sister for being molded in the image of their father, a cold but gifted psychologist who treated them all like objects of psychological interest, she takes her revenge by playing a dangerous sexual charade with her sister's boyfriend. Games her father played with them are revealed slowly as Molly herself plays games with her sister's mind. In the background is their mother, weakened by their father, escaping into food, now dying in a hospice.
The book is filled with little jewels of shocking insight. I'd thought of reading only pleasant books to chase away a blue funk, but I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.