The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez
“The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters” is a lovely novel about the lives of four sisters who lost their mother at an early age. Their ‘maid’ Fermina became almost a surrogate mother to the girls until her death just a few years later. ‘When I am gone,’ she would tell the girls, ‘then you will receive a gift from me.’ On the day of Fermina’s death, the gifts become convinced that she has left each of them a special power; the ability to lie convincingly; to heal animals; the power to curse people; and the ability to make other laugh.
The girls each get a chance to tell their story, in alternating chapters that move from childhood to adulthood. In each chapter, the girls work through what they see as their gift, try to decide whether they believe that Fermina could have left them supernatural gifts, and simply try to learn how to function on their own and as a family.
I was really impressed by the quality of Lopez’s writing. Her descriptions were lovely and very evocative, and I easily transitioned from one sister to another. They had distinct enough personalities that I never forgot who was narrating any given chapter. I was surprised to find that the book was much more down to earth about the family family and less magical realism, but it really worked. The family story was beautiful and occasionally heartbreaking.
This is is a great book that I definitely recommend.