The Better Sister and other stories — by Piper Mejia (2020)
Review by Sharon Manssen
This is a collection of short stories that all have something in common: three sisters. Except they’re not all necessarily alive. The protagonist is almost always one of the sisters, whose story has been shaped by her history and relationship with her sisters: one was the surviving triplet at birth; another exacts revenge for the murder of her siblings; yet another seeks to understand why her sister died for her.
The stories are set in a range of cultural contexts, in known and unknown worlds. And the themes are brutal: alcoholic and abusive parents; unwanted pregnancies; an arranged marriage; and murder. Whilst always disturbing, the stories are beautifully crafted and carry you along to each surprising conclusion. Well worth the read.