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My Sister from the Black Lagoon: A Novel of My Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013


    That was a great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    A novel of Laurie Fox's life.

    The novel, My Sister from the Black Lagoon, is an autobiography of the narrators crazy but simple life. She starts off very young and complex in the beginning, towards the end she beigns to feel comfortable with her sisters strange character and herself. You see her progress through out the novel, I think even though her sister is somewhat out there, she learns and grows from her experiences with Lonnie. Throughout the book Lonnies werid behavior is something Lorna is stuck with and she accepts it no matter how hard it is. This book was completely out there and at some points you wouldn't expect half the things you were reading about these two girls. Out of all the books I've read, I'd have to say this is a pretty good book and I recommend anyone to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    A whopping good tale

    My Sister from the Black Lagoon, A Novel Of My Life by Laurie Fox Laurie Fox¿s other great novel, Lost Girls, made me laugh out loud. My Sister from the Black Lagoon didn¿t, although, as the author notes in her preface, I think she should be ¿able to say that I was born into an unfunny family, and laugh.¿ That is what she helps us with, as readers. Both novels are poignant, touching, clever, full of wit, insight and sustained imagination. Even though My Sister is semi-autobiographical, the craft by which the narrative is structured and climaxed, through an amazingly beautiful story within the story, is high fiction, high art. Toward the end the narrator, Lorna Person, observes: ¿Could it be that my family is handsome in some way I can¿t detect? Because I¿m a part of the picture, I can¿t really step back and know this. I squint, imagining a beautiful portrait of the Persons¿one taken on vacation in Lake Tahoe or at the San Diego Zoo. Could such a photo lie? I mean, can you take a beautiful picture of a disaster? Just consider the ethics.¿ My Sister from the Black Lagoon is such a beautiful picture. I didn¿t laugh out loud because reading Lorna Person, her encounters, reactions, determination, effort, and reflections, my breath, caught in my throat. I was filled with recognition, affection, pain, disappointment, and hope. Particularly as the book raced to it¿s end, my appreciation of the honest revelation of the life of the narrator and her knowledge of the flaws and beauties within herself, her family, her friends ¿ but particularly her sister, Lonnie -- made my heart grow. That sister, as the narrator acknowledges, is crazy, is damaged, and is in increasing pain and almost unavoidable abandonment as she grows into adulthood. But also, by god, she is a truth teller and almost too much, too real, too good for this world. And, as Lorna recognizes while considering a snapshot of herself and Lonnie during an awful vacation, as little girls, to Disney Land -- which some one else might look at as capturing a magic moment ¿ she has, and through this exquisite story telling we readers do also have, ¿a soft spot for girls who look damaged, who look beautiful because they are damaged.¿ That girl, whom Laurie Fox listened to for endless hours in order to write this story, finds out in this way, having been put at the ¿forefront¿ of this retelling, ¿everything was all right. That love has been with her all along.¿ That girl, of course, is the sister of the Sister from the Black Lagoon, she who, in the Author¿s note before the text begins says: ¿Life with Lonnie was the only story. Until this story, which I hope to God is my own.¿ It is, indeed, and a whopping good one, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    You have to Love her

    I was givin this book by a friend, who has never givin me a good book to read my whole life. This time she was right, i feel in love with Mis. Fox's honesty and passion. I am reading the book a second time and i still can't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001


    This is a great book for anyone with a sibling, mentally ill or not. Being an older sibling with a younger sister who sometimes 'goes off' I really related to the story. I thought it was beautifully written and extremely interesting. It really shows you what it's like not only for the person who is mentally ill, but what it does to the people around them who have to cope and learn to understand the illness. It has you in tears, and any booh that can make you laugh and/or cry (this book does both) is a book worth reading. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2000

    Don't Judge This By Its Cover

    I'm sorry that this book was so poorly written. If this was judged by its cover, I'd give it more stars. It sounded juicy, but was disappointing. It never got past the surface of any character, her sister, her parents, herself. Had she acccomplished that, it would have been a better story. I couldn't wait for the book to be over, I kept looking at the pages I had left, dreading them. The book did get a little better towards the end, but not enough to be significant.

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