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19 Best Books About Sisters Set Around The World

Explore the best books about sisters in a variety of genres sure to strengthen your relationships or make you question them.

Here at The Uncorked Librarian, we just love books about families, including those showcasing healthy relationships … and not so much

Who doesn’t eat up a bit of drama, especially when it doesn’t involve you? And let’s face it: many great books for sisters are quite dark and dysfunctional.

Below, unearth the best sister books to read set across the world, including mysteries, thrillers, slow-burns, translated literature, foodie fiction, and LGBT+ novels about sisters.

There’s even a side romance or two. OK, and maybe mermaids.

Meet sisters who are reunited in adulthood, plotting revenge, seeking justice, swapping places, or just want to be great friends.

And, of course, find sisters books with strong neurodivergent and queer representation.

Be sure to let us know your all-time favorite books about sisters in the comments. The list is truly endless. Let’s get started!

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19 Best Books About Sisters

By Dagney McKinney
With additions from Christine

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Here at TUL, we just devour books about ships, especially if they are queer horror novels too.

For seven years, Victoria “Tory” Stewart has wondered what happened to her TV personality sister, Anne.

Anne and the crew onboard the Atargatis simply vanished while filming a “mockumentary” for Imagine Entertainment about mermaids in the Mariana Trench.

Strange and unsettling footage surfaced regarding the fates of the Atargatis crew, but no one knows what really happened.

Now, Tory is offered the chance to go on the second voyage with Imagine Entertainment to get answers. And Tory jumps at the chance.

Although Anne is absent from the start, Into the Drowning Deep is still one of the best sister books.

We get several flashbacks to Tory’s relationship with Anne, and much of Tory’s internal dialogue revolves around her love of Anne.

However, it’s worth noting that the book is not told in first person, and Tory is not the only character we follow.

Anne is also, of course, Tory’s entire motivation for going on this trip, even knowing she might not make it back alive.

Into the Drowning Deep explores sisterly love and grief, but it’s also a terrifying horror book about mermaids – so don’t expect a lighthearted tale!

Author’s Note: There is a prequel, Rolling in the Deep, which tells Anne and the Atargartis’ tale. You can read them in either order.

Read Into the Drowning Deep: Amazon | Goodreads

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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

Photographer Delilah Green returns to her hometown of Bright Falls for the wedding of her estranged step-sister, Astrid.

She’s only going because Astrid and her stepmom are paying her to be there and take photos. Otherwise, Delilah wouldn’t be caught dead in Bright Falls.

Plus, Astrid hates her anyway,

And if Delilah is being honest, that’s part of the reason she’s drawn to Astrid’s childhood friend (and bridesmaid), Claire.

Yup, she just wants to mess with Astrid and get back at her for being a bad sister – and get back at Claire for ignoring her when they were teenagers.

So, why is she starting to fall for Claire? And why does Astrid seem so determined to spend time together?

It might seem weird to include a romance among these books about sisters, but the side plot about sisterhood is an important part of Delilah’s story.

Read Delilah Green Doesn’t Care: Amazon | Goodreads

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Nowhere To Hide by Nell Pattison

During Boxing Day, seven friends head to a nature reserve to watch the starling murmuration. But when one of them is murdered, they suddenly find themselves running for their lives.

Each one has a secret, but is it one they’re willing to kill for?

We get rotating POV chapters of each member of the group, and among the seven are estranged sisters, Emily and Lauren.

Orphaned at a young age, they grew up in foster care, and because Emily is deaf (as is the author), Lauren has always held it against Emily that they weren’t adopted.

Now as an adult, Emily is doing really well for herself and is desperate to reconnect with her sister, even agreeing to go on this outing with Lauren’s mates and coworkers.

If you are looking for sister books with a tense sister dynamic, Nowhere To Hide is a fun isolated survival murder mystery.

Read Nowhere To Hide: Amazon | Goodreads

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

Her younger sister, Mattie, is Sadie’s entire reason for being. Mattie is why Sadie stays in their horrible home with their alcoholic mom and doesn’t just take off forever.

So when Mattie is found dead, Sadie goes a bit off the deep end. In fact, now Sadie is missing, and it seems as if she might have left of her own accord.

As the reader, we know that Sadie is tracking down her sister’s killer and will stop at nothing until she gets revenge on the man responsible.

Meanwhile, we also follow podcaster, West McCray, who is doing a story on Sadie and Mattie. Readers get snippets of the podcast itself.

Canadian author, Courtney Summers, is known for her hard-hitting books, and Sadie is no exception.

It’s one of the most poignant books about sisters, but even with its YA rating, Sadie is not an easy book to read; the story addresses some incredibly difficult topics.

Read Sadie: Amazon | Goodreads

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A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

One of the best books of 2020 includes this middle-grade gem by a neurodivergent author about a young autistic girl in Scotland.

Addie lives in a small town near Edinburgh and is shocked to learn that many innocent people were killed during Scotland’s witch trials.

More importantly, it seems to Addie that this part of the town’s history has been completely forgotten.

So, she becomes determined to get a memorial put up in town to let everyone know. The only problem? The town council isn’t too keen on the idea.

And as Addie knows firsthand, her town doesn’t seem to like anyone who is too different.

A Kind of Spark is a moving book about being different and loving yourself. But one of the reasons Addie is able to do that is because of her sister.

Addie’s older sister, Keedie, is also autistic, and their relationship throughout the book is important to Addie’s growth.

If you are looking for novels about sisters for younger audiences or those with neurodivergent rep, A Kind of Spark is perfect!

If witch trials interest you, you might also enjoy these Salem witch trial books.

Read A Kind of Spark: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Trap by Melanie Raabe

Translated in English by Imogen Taylor

11 years ago Linda Conrads came home to find her younger sister, Anna, dead and a man she didn’t know fleeing the scene.

But just because she didn’t know who he was, doesn’t mean she’s forgotten his face. In fact, it’s seared into her memory.

Since Anna’s death, Linda has become a bestselling novelist (under a pseudonym) and is able to escape the real world – and her memories – through her books.

She’s also developed agoraphobia and never leaves her home to grant interviews or go to book signings; no one knows who she is or what she looks like.

That is until she sees a face she’s been looking for – for 11 years – on the TV and decides it’s time for the world to meet the real Linda Conrads.

Linda’s newest book isn’t like her usual fare. Instead, it’s based on a long-forgotten murder of a young woman – her sister.

Linda knows that her sister’s killer will recognize his handiwork and that he will be unable to pass up the chance to interview her.

The Trap is a twisty, slow-burn cat-and-mouse tale about grief and loneliness, memory, and the bond of sisterhood.

If you love revenge books, this is one of the best sisters books for you!

Read The Trap: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao

​​Gwendolyn wakes up in a hospital bed and finds out that she is the sole survivor of a poisoning massacre initiated by her sister, Estella.

Now, bedridden, Gwendolyn is haunted by her memories of Estella and their dysfunctional family.

The children of a wealthy and powerful Chinese-Indonesian legacy family, Gwendolyn and Estella have always relied on each other to survive their family.

As Gwendolyn desperately tries to understand what drove her sister to such a heinous act, we relive decades worth of memories and sisterly love across continents.

The Majesties is one of the best books for sisters with dysfunctional family relationships – and the bond that endures no matter what.

However, make sure you go in with the right expectations because The Majesties is not a fast-paced thriller.

Instead, this novel is a slow-burn literary exploration of familial expectations and abuse, and what happens when someone becomes desperate.

Find even more books set in Indonesia.

Read The Majesties: Amazon | Goodreads

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Korede has always done whatever she can to protect her sister, Ayoola. And more often than Korede would like, that seems to involve cleaning up bodies.

As the book opens, Korede finds herself being called to clean up the third boyfriend Ayoola claims to have killed in self-defense.

Korede isn’t stupid. She knows the odds are astronomically unlikely that Ayoola isn’t just killing for sport. But, she loves her sister.

Plus, it’s debatable that she’d survive in a Nigerian prison, and Korede doesn’t want to be the Nigerian girl who double-crossed her own family.

However, when Ayoola sets her sights on Korede’s workplace crush, she feels her allegiances shifting.

Told in short, episodic chapters, this satirical literary thriller set in Nigeria is easily one of the funniest books about sisters… for those with a dark sense of humor, at least.

Read My Sister, the Serial Killer: Amazon | Goodreads

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Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

If you are looking for an explosive friendship story that is also one of the best novels about sisters, pick up Silver Sparrow.

Dana Lynn Yarboro has always known the truth about her father, James – that he is a bigamist and she is his illegitimate daughter.

Dana also knows that her mom, Gwen, is her dad’s mistress and pressured him into an illegal marriage after her birth.

For most of her life, Dana has known she has a half-sister and wondered what it would be like if they met each other.

Conversely, Chaurisse Witherspoon is the legitimate daughter of James and Laverne, and she has no idea her half-sister exists.

One day, Chaurisse prevents another Black girl from getting in trouble for shoplifting, thus setting in motion a precarious friendship.

The more Dana gets to know Chaurisse, the more she wants to come clean and just be sisters.

Meanwhile, Chaurisse, still unaware of who Dana is, is convinced that her life is fun and glamorous in a way her own life isn’t and becomes somewhat obsessed with her half-sister.

Silver Sparrow is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age tale about two sisters who just want to belong in the world, and one of our favorite sister books.

And, if you are craving a fun reading challenge, why not read more books with your favorite color in the title?

Read Silver Sparrow: Amazon | Goodreads

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters raised in entirely different circumstances are further separated by chance with ripple effects that will affect generations to come.

Effia has a hard life with a mother who hates her. However, she is destined to marry an important man – the future chief.

However, she is falsely believed to be barren due to a cruel rumor, and so her parents instead marry her off to the governor of Cape Coast Castle, James Collins.

Meanwhile, Esi is adored by her mother and father, a Big Man. But after her father kidnaps a slave who Esi tries to help, she is consequently enslaved herself.

Esi is brought to Cape Coast before being packed onto a ship and brought to the USA as a slave.

She soon finds herself married off to a fellow slave and pregnant and must do whatever it takes to protect her child.

In alternating chapters, we follow a new set of descendants in each line, reliving some of the key points in both Ghanaian and American history over the last 150 years.

While there are moments of joy, both sisters’ family lines remain plagued by heartache but also resilience.

Although the two sisters in Homegoing never actually met, this is still one of the best books for sisters.

Despite being siblings, their lives take monumentally different turns, and there are unforeseeable parallels throughout their lives and the lives of their descendants.

Uncover more amazing books set in Ghana as well as New York City.

Read Homegoing: Amazon | Goodreads

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Six years ago, four members of the Blackwood family died all in one evening – poisoned by arsenic in the sugar.

The main culprit was Constance Blackwood, the eldest daughter of the family and the only one not to have sugar on her blackberries that night.

Even though she was found not guilty of the killings, the local townsfolk still feel otherwise.

These days, Constance lives with her ailing Uncle Julian (who was also poisoned but survived) and her younger sister Merricat, who was sent to bed without food prior to dinner as a punishment that fateful night.

The Blackwoods are now used to their isolation, so things are shaken up upon the arrival of their distant cousin Charles. Can the Blackwoods avoid another tragedy?

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is classic gothic mystery literature, and is one of the most well-known sisters books from the 20th century.

Read We Have Always Lived in the Castle: Amazon | Goodreads

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Set in New England during the tumult of the American Civil War, Little Women follows the lives of the March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.

Living in poverty, and with their father serving as a chaplain in the Union army far away, the girls know that they must find ways to support themselves.

Meg, the eldest, tutors the children of a nearby family, and Jo helps out her much wealthier great aunt March in the Plumfield mansion.

Meanwhile, the frail Beth must deal with her crippling shyness and the artistic Amy is continuing with her own schooling.

As they try to get by, they are befriended by their neighbor Mr. Lawrence, whose orphaned grandson Laurie regularly stops by and befriends the sisters, particularly the headstrong Jo.

This coming-of-age historical drama is one of the most beloved novels about sisters in all of American literature.

Read Little Women: Amazon | Goodreads

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino (Cami) and Yahaira (Yaya) Rios’ lives are shattered in an instant when they learn of their father’s death in a tragic plane crash.

As the two girls mourn, they struggle with their grief as dark secrets about him come to life – namely each others’ existence.

These two sisters live worlds away from each other – Cami in the Dominican Republic and Yaya in New York City – but are [initially] unknowingly bound by their shared loss.

Can they ever find a way to forgive their father and accept each other?

Told entirely in verse, Clap When You Land, is one of the most unique books about sisters and is full of heart.

There is also fantastic queer rep, making this one of the best LGBT books for teens.

Read Clap When You Land: Amazon | Goodreads

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A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska

Translated in English by Christina E. Kramer

Skopje, 1984: in a city that will one day be the capital of North Macedonia but right now is part of Yugoslavia, the sisters Srebra (Silver) and Zlata (Gold) live a life tougher than most.

As 12-year-old conjoined twins – with the rare distinction of being joined at the head – they are shunned not just by the community but by members of their own family.

The friends they have are few, and though the girls are intelligent, many assume them to be mentally handicapped because of their condition.

Zlata and Srebra just want a “normal” life, free from stigma and isolation … and each other.

But when the opportunity for surgical separation presents itself, it may only serve to tie them closer together.

With deftly handled metaphors and some genuine pathos, A Spare Life is one of the best books about sisters for anyone looking to read more translated literature.

Read A Spare Life: Amazon | Goodreads

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Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Though they were not born on the same day, July and September are as close to twins as you can get otherwise.

With an age difference of just 10 months, the two have shared pretty much every experience of their lives.

One day, following a bullying incident, their mother whisks them away from school in Oxford to Settle House; a remote family home on the Yorkshire moors near the coast.

There, however, July finds that her relationship with September is beginning to sour; they’re drifting apart for the first time in their lives.

Also, the atmosphere in the house is bleak and ominous, and eventually, a series of unfortunate events in their new environment leads to some revelations that will change the nature of their sisterhood forever.

Atmospheric, tense, and powerful, author Daisy Johnson’s folkloric tale is one of the more unsettling sister books on this list.

Read Sisters: Amazon | Goodreads

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Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Translated in English by Marilyn Booth

As the country of Oman changes remarkably and rapidly, three sisters in the village of al-Awafi try to navigate their relationships amid huge social upheaval.

One, Asma, marries for her sense of duty. Another, Mayya, has had her heart broken, yet also marries anyway.

And the last, Khawla, decides to reject marriage until her long-lost love returns from his emigration to Canada.

While their respective families deal with the highs and lows of love and loss, moving between different perspectives as they do so, Oman itself creeps out from the shadow of being a slave-owning state and into a brighter future.

Celestial Bodies is an important book; it was the first novel from the Gulf to be shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize (it also won).

It was also the first novel by a female Omani author to be translated into English.

This is one of the best books for sisters for anyone looking for a glimpse into the culture of a country rarely put into prose.

Read Celestial Bodies: Amazon | Goodreads

More Sisters Books From Christine

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The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

Maggie Knox has just the sisters books for foodie fiction lovers and those looking to travel to California via armchair.

Meet twin sisters, Charlie and Cass, and true to the title, you know where this one is headed…

When TV food host, Charlie, loses her sense of smell from a concussion, she becomes worried that her career is on the line – and that her awful co-host will steal her coveted promotion.

Cass offers to help, and the two engage in a classic and sneaky sister swap with Charlie heading back to their hometown bakery for the holidays.

Of course, the two sisters could not be more different, and everything that could go wrong most certainly does, especially with unexpected relationships and romances.

If you enjoy small-town drama, baked treats, and cooking shows, The Holiday Swap is one of the best novels about sisters set around Christmas filled with love, support, family, and feminism.

We just devour a feel-good romance too.

Read The Holiday Swap: Amazon | Goodreads

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Not only one of the best books about sisters, The Vanishing Half dives thoroughly into themes of race and identity, making it a strong book about racism too.

Growing up in a Black community and set in the South, the Vignes sisters’ memories are filled with terrible crimes that have shaped and continue to shape their views about race and who they are and wish to be.

The sisters are products of their traumatic childhood, and as we follow them into adulthood, we watch the rifts grow even further.

One sister will marry a Black man, run from domestic abuse, and choose to raise her daughter back home.

The other sister will continue to pass as a white woman, forsaking her roots and lying to herself and others along the way.

When their daughters accidentally meet, the siblings are temporarily reunited.

For sister books, The Vanishing Half promises to be thought-provoking, shocking, and heartbreaking. Long after closing its pages, find yourself pondering identity and the meaning of family.

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Read The Vanishing Half: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information

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The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh

We were pretty excited about the 2022 book releases, and The Fortunes of Jaded Women won’t disappoint as one of the newer sister books on this list.

Everyone knows that the Duong women are cursed – starting with an ancestor who left her marriage for true love.

Now, the women are destined to not only have daughters, but to never find passionate love or authentic happiness.

And when you believe something to your core, it’s pretty hard to escape or create your own destiny.

Meet Mai and her two sisters – who may just get booted out of three restaurants for throwing oranges at each other in the course of one afternoon.

They’ve stayed pretty estranged from each other and their mother. Plus, there is a half-sister who they despise.

Then, you have all of their children and the cousins, each with their own issues. There are cheating boyfriends too.

Ultimately, the families come together over a psychic prediction that they will see a marriage, death, and baby boy in the upcoming year.

Even though only one death is predicted, they might all kill each other…

Can this family break the curse and find peace as well as forgiveness? Can they love each other for who they are?

Learn more about Vietnamese culture and heritage as well as generational trauma. While at times farcically comical Huynh, isn’t afraid to address heavier issues.

If you are craving books about sisters, mothers, and daughters, this is it.

Read The Fortunes of Jaded Women: Amazon | Goodreads

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Thank you to TUL contributor, Dagney McKinney

Dagney (pronouns: any) is a neurodivergent writer who loves all things macabre and weird. She likes outrageously spicy food, long walks through graveyards, and historical tangents. You’ll most likely find her wandering around somewhere quiet or underground, buying salt, or whispering to camels.

What are your favorite sisters books?

The amount of sister books out there is endless. We couldn’t possibly name them all.

Which novels about sisters do you love and recommend? Are there any that weren’t so great?

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