Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House is a decent family drama. The wives of brothers live in a two-family house in Brooklyn in the 1940s. One has only girls and one has only boys, so when they both go into labor in the middle of a snow storm while their husbands are out of town, they switch babies thinking it could solve all of their problems. Instead it marks the beginning of the end.

I enjoyed the plot of this book. I love family drama, especially when it involves sisters and/or children, but something about this book just didn’t work for me. I read it a couple of months ago, and I didn’t make any notes for this review, so I can’t recall exactly what the issue was.

The novel spans almost two decades as the children grow up and the families grow further apart. The narration shifts between multiple characters. It’s a good, but not great, read…or at least it was for me.

Rating: 3 Stars

The Two-Family House
Lynda Cohen Loigman
Fiction
St. Martin's Press
March 8, 2016
Hardcover
290

Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins.

From debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman comes The Two-Family House, a moving family saga filled with heart, emotion, longing, love, and mystery.

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