Paperback, 250 pages
Published: 2002 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1st published 1993)
Setting: Michigan (1970)
The five Lisbon sisters — Mary, Therese, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecelia — were a subject of endless fascination for the neighborhood boys. Carefully guarded by their stern, religious mother, they rarely left the house except to attend school. To the boys, they were beautiful and enigmatic, and their home — full of brassieres, tampons, and girls’ clothes — was a treasure trove of feminine mysteries. During what came to be known known as The Year of the Suicides, the boys — who fantasized about the girls and hoped to save them — bore witness to the disintegration of the Lisbon family and the sisters’ tragic deaths.