It is hard enough to write a novel with one or two protagonists. It is extremely hard to write biographical fiction. But when you put the two together and write biographical fiction about four main characters, as Sherry Jones did in her novel FOUR SISTERS ALL QUEENS, you have given yourself an almost impossible job.
Sherry Jones solves the problem of the four protagonists by circling among these women as their different stories unfold. The first half to two-thirds of the novel is extremely well-done, with the sisters’ different voices coming through, their struggles and conflicts fresh and vivid. But towards the end, the novel grew repetitious and uninteresting. To me, it seemed as though Ms. Jones kept repeating herself, and I felt that a stronger editorial hand was needed. Three and a half stars.