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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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Twenty acclaimed women examine the unique bond between sisters, and its influence on females. Lucy Grealy writes about the myths of twinship; Joy Harjo reveals how her sister survived family violence; Letty Pogrebin talks about the differenecs in her relationshps with two half sisters; and Debra Spark describes the experience of losing her 26-year-old sister to breast

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Twenty acclaimed women examine the unique bond between sisters, and its influence on females. Lucy Grealy writes about the myths of twinship; Joy Harjo reveals how her sister survived family violence; Letty Pogrebin talks about the differenecs in her relationshps with two half sisters; and Debra Spark describes the experience of losing her 26-year-old sister to breast cancer--a provocative and fascinating look into this complex bond.

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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

Product Details

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

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