Sister to Sister

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Sister to Sister includes essays and stories by:

Meena Alexander
Robin Behn
Louise DeSalvo
Erika Duncan
Maria Flook
Patricia Foster
Bonnie Friedman
Donna Gordon
Lucy Grealy
Joy Harjo
Bell Hooks
Pam Houston
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Lori Hope Norris
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Mona Simpson
Debra Spark
Joan Wickersham
Joy Williams

The sister bond is complex, turbulent, and resonant, and, as Foster found out, one of the most important and formative relationships a woman can have. In Sister to Sister, 20 acclaimed women writers examine this unique bond and its influence on female development, as well as the extraordinary significance of the shared history between sisters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Collection of stories and essays exploring the relationships between sisters. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Although both of these books are about sibling relationships, the similarity ends there. Foster, who teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, has pulled together 20 diverse essays from some of today's best-known female writers. Contributors to this volume include bell hooks, Robin Behn, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and Joy Williams. The essays, while all centering on the themes of sisterly relationships, run the literary gamut. Fanciful fiction pieces are included, as are straightforward autobiographical anecdotes and a couple of critical essays. Any library with a demand for contemporary women's literature should have this collection. Merrell's book, on the other hand, is a journalist's psychoanalytic look at the dynamics of all sibling relationships. Based on in-depth interviews, this work tries to explain the hidden forces that bring siblings together and push them apart. The case studies showcase a variety of familial situations, including relationships between twins and half-siblings and the special bond between a special-needs brother and his caretaker sister. The book suffers from too many diversions; Merrell's long asides interrupt her narrative flow. Despite this organizational flaw, her book is a worthwhile addition to most public and undergraduate libraries because of the author's extensive and enlightening research.-Pamela A. Matthews, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307794734
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/11/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Early Days of Her Conversion 17
Last Things 31
The Shadow of the Mountain 51
Temporary Shelter 63
The Other Half 83
Earth 93
Leah Behind the Veil 109
Borderline 129
My Gertrude Stein 135
Girls Together 161
The Boat Train 171
Traveling to Pridesup 203
The Gift of Margaret 221
Sisters and Secrets 235
My Sister's Suicide 247
A Letter to My Sister Who Doesn't Exist 265
The Distance Between Us 271
Letters from Flora 293
Sisters 315
What Is Cinderella's Burden? 321
Contributors 349
Permissions 353
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