Sister to Sister: Women Write about the Unbreakable Bond

Sister to Sister: Women Write about the Unbreakable Bond

by Patricia Foster
     
 

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In Sister to Sister, twenty 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. Among the writers contributing to this groundbreaking anthology are Lucy Grealy, who writes about the mysteries of twinship; Joy Harjo, who reveals how her sister survived… See more details below

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In Sister to Sister, twenty 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. Among the writers contributing to this groundbreaking anthology are Lucy Grealy, who writes about the mysteries of twinship; Joy Harjo, who reveals how her sister survived family violence: Letty Cottin Pogrebin, who explores the differences in her relationships with her two half-sisters; and Debra Spark, who describes the experience of losing her twenty-six-year-old sister to breast cancer. The narratives explore the diversity in the sister relationship - from sisters who haven't spoken in years to sisters whose deep bond precludes traditional marriage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Collection of stories and essays exploring the relationships between sisters. (Jan.)
Library Journal - 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385471299
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
452,405
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.88(d)

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