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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tawni O’Dell Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781415935934
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“Tawni O’Dell is a great American storyteller. SISTER MINE is hilarious and poignant; the details glitter like King Coal from a writer who knows it well. This is a story of family, friendship, and how secrets can bury us or redeem us....In the gifted hands of Tawni O’Dell, you can bet on redemption.”
–Adriana Trigiani, author of Home to Big Stone Gap

Shae-Lynn Penrose drives a cab in a town where no one needs a cab–but plenty of people need rides. A former police officer with a closet full of miniskirts, a recklessly sharp tongue, and a tendency to deal with men by either beating them up or taking them to bed, she has spent years carving out a life for herself and her son in Jolly Mount, Pennsylvania, the tiny coal-mining town where she grew up.
Two years ago, five of Shae-Lynn’s miner friends were catapulted to media stardom when they were rescued after surviving four days trapped in a mine. As the men struggle to come to terms with the nightmarish memories of their ordeal, along with the fallout of their short-
lived celebrity, Shae-Lynn finds herself facing harsh realities and reliving bad dreams of her own, including her relationship with her brutal father, her conflicted passion for one of the
miners, and the hidden identity of the man who fathered her son.
When the younger sister she thought was dead arrives on her doorstep, followed closely by a gun-wielding Russian gangster, a shady New York lawyer, and a desperate Connecticut housewife, Shae-Lynn is forced to grapple with the horrible truth she discovers about the life her sister’s been living, and with one ominous question: Will her return result in a monstrous act of greed or one of sacrifice?
Tawni O’Dell’s trademark blend of black humor, tenderness, and a keen sense of place is evident once again as Shae-Lynn takes on past demons and all-too-present dangers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sister Mine delivers a luxurious read, a novel worthy of the literary equivalent of a Grammy or an Oscar. This is a novel for people who devour good writing and craft-intensive storytelling, who savor the haven, both safe and fraught with danger, of a world in which fiction becomes the kind of truth that sets you free. Or, at the very least, makes you laugh and think and wish you’d discovered Tawni O’Dell before now. Portland Oregonian

    “The strength of O’Dell’s narrative is that she lets her characters tell the story. There is much to recommend. Shae-Lynn’s voice is entrancing in its honesty, and O’Dell’s ability to continue to freshly capture her mining communities is impressive… a worthy read.
  • Tawni O’Dell’s energy bursts off the page. Sister Mine is one of those novels that insist on being read, front to back, as fast as possible. Boston Globe
  • “Bitterly poignant in places, it’s also a rollicking good read — and Shae-Lynn’s richly drawn character resonates long after her final wisecrack. People
  • Sister Mine is packed with flawed characters formed by violence and neglect who quickly become embedded in the reader’s heart. O’Dell sketches her characters with telling details and cop-shop crackling dialogue..Amid chick lit and knit lit and Brit lit, Sister Mine rates as true-grit lit.
    USA Today
  • O’Dell hits her stride here; one hopes this is not the last we’ll hear from her punch packing, pink Stetson-wearing heroine. Entertainment Weekly
  • Sister Mine is a page turner for lots of reasons that take you turn by turn. You become mesmerized by the characters, the crackling dialogue, the description of the skin of a miner looking as if pencil point have lodged beneath it, the pathos of good people facing futures that are cetain to be hard and cheap and yet doing so with grace and optimism and whip smart banter. And it’s spot-on for in its depiction of a coal mining town. Lexington Herald Leader
  • Dark, funny, and very Elmore Leonard in its way. Cincinnati Enquirer
  • This is a masterfully unfolded, absolutely engrossing story as smart and sassy as it is wise…A knockout. Booklist, starred review
  • With genuine, fully developed characters and abundant humor, it's easy to fall into this exceptional story and never want to leave. Publishers Weekly, galley talk column
  • Family saga O’Dell-style crackles with conflict and a deep understanding of the complications and burdens that follow attachment, sex, love and kinship. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Tawni O’Dell is a great American storyteller. Sister Mine is hilarious and poignant; the details glitter like King Coal from a writer who knows it well. Adriana Trigiani, author of Home to Big Stone Gap

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 3/22/2011

    " great read, funny, good plot for curiosity (almost a detective story), good psychological understanding w/out sounding like babble...Well written. O'Dell knows how to craft a beautiful passage w/out over-doing it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gurukarm | 3/7/2011

    " Reading this for at least the second time, and I find myself as engaged as if I'd never picked it up before - and, as engaged as I am with Ms. O'Dell's other books as well.

    Wonder if she's working on something new?? (hint hint!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 12/20/2010

    " Like O'Dell's two previous books, Back Roads and Coal Run, this one is set in a small coal mining town full of interesting and flawed characters. This story revolves around the life of Shae-Lynn Penrose, a single mom, former cop and Jolly Mount's only cab driver. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vivian | 12/10/2010

    " I love Tawni O'Dell's books and was really looking forward to reading this one, but two thirds of the way in, I gave up on it. I wasn't engaged by any of the characters or story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 11/11/2010

    " I checked this out on CD from the library. It was a good book as far as keeping me entertained while I drove to/from work. I wasn't sure how it would end & was happy with how the author wrapped it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/4/2010

    " I like Tawni O'Dell's writing style. The character and plot development was engaging. I liked Fragile Beasts better, but this was a great book, too. I will be looking forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dona | 9/21/2010

    " Liked it very much, look forward to going back and reading the rest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryHelen | 8/6/2010

    " O'Dell is a good writer and kept my interest. The book was very funny in spots, but very raw in others. All in all, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 4/9/2010

    " This was another audio book I listened to driving to work and back.
    Takes plance in a coal minning town. The main character reminds me of a smarter and tougher Stephanie Plum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 4/3/2010

    " I first read Tawni O'Dell when her Oprah book-of-the-month came out in 2000 (Back Roads). I loved that book and had forgotten to look for others by her. It seems that she has written a few more. I didn't like Sister Mine as much as Back Roads, but it was still a very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookfool | 2/28/2010

    " Candy. I'm in book-a-day mode, making up in quantity what I lack in quality. Need a trip to the library/bookstore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/15/2010

    " Entertaining and quick read, but the author seems to cover too many stories at once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 9/22/2009

    " disappointed in this one after reading Backroads "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 8/13/2009

    " A pleasant summer "listen". Did not learn or gain anything from the book....but, it was easy listening. "

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About the Author
Author Tawni O’Dell

Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fragile Beasts, Sister Mine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. O’Dell’s work has been translated into fifteen languages and published in over forty countries. She was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania, where she now lives with her two children.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.