Great Sisters in Literature

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The first Sunday in August is Sisters Day, an international day to appreciate sisters, obviously!

Jane Austen certainly appreciated sisters, from her beloved Cassandra in real life, to the many different sister characters she wrote. She gave us the Bennet and Bingley sisters, the Dashwood and Steele girls, the Elliots and the Musgroves, the Bertrams. Just think of the many varying, complex personalities represented in those sets of sisters. Like any group of people, they run the gamut from admirable to annoying.

But Jane Austen isn’t the only author to have written wonderful sisters. Louisa May Alcott’s March girls come to mind, as do Celie and Nettie from Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Who are some of your favorite fictional sisters?

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