“Sissy” is a reflection of American history seen through the eyes of one woman. Her story spans prohibition, the great depression, the world wars, and women’s liberation.
Her Father is a famous military band leader and aspiring capitalist, who rules with an iron fist. He preaches morality to his children, even though his long running affair is common knowledge around town.
Sissy envies her sister Marie, an avant-garde suffragette, who gains fame in the theater. She wishes she had the guts to be a rebel, like her bootlegging brother Ralph.
She is caregiver to her twin brother “Inky” who suffers from a mustard gas attack, incurred while trying to prove his worth to their father during WWI.
Her one true love is heir to a powerful media dynasty. He insists she conform to his family’s rigorous sense of social convention, and give up her nursing career.
In a desperate revolt, she elopes with her lover’s best friend, who turns out to be a gambler and alcoholic. It’s a kamikaze maneuver that sends all their lives into a tail spin.
As America grows, from the advent of the automobile to the Apollo moon landing; social standards swing from one extreme to the other, in rhythm with the loves, losses, triumphs and tragedies of this salient, stubborn girl.
Sissy pays a high price for her independence, but in the end, manages to craft her own definition of The American Dream.
This is what...Smith College Alumni news?
This isn't a hook, it's a recitation of events.
It's also as cliche drenched as they come.
And jesus herbiverous martinez on a raft "media empire" in the 1920s???? give me a grande break.