05-The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman

The three Story Sisters are close in age and very close. The oldest, Elv, saves her youngest sister, Claire, from being molested when Claire is 8 and Elv is 12. But the pedophile takes Elv instead. When he releases her Elv makes Claire promise to never speak of the event again. 

But the molestation colors everything from then on. The sisters grow up and grow apart and Elv becomes a delinquent and heroin addict and is eventually sent to prison for running a con operation.

This is a well-crafted but dark story, with enough guilt suffered by all to last a life time.

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