Her: A Memoir

Her: A Memoir

by Christa Parravani
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Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani

Wall Street Journal, "Favorite Books of the Year 2013"
Cosmopolitan, "Best Books of the Year for Women"
Library Journal, "Best Books of 2013"
Salon, "Best Books of 2013"

"Haunting... more than a beautifully written memoir. [A] powerful and raw love letter."—The Washington Post

A BLAZINGLY PASSIONATE MEMOIR OF IDENTITY AND LOVE: WHEN A CHARISMATIC AND TROUBLED YOUNG WOMAN DIES TRAGICALLY, HER IDENTICAL TWIN MUST STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE

Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, the gifted and beautiful twins were able to create a private haven of splendor and merriment between themselves and then earn their way to a prestigious college and to careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively) and to young marriages. But, haunted by childhood experiences with father figures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, Cara veered off the path to robust work and life and in to depression, drugs and a shocking early death.

A few years after Cara was gone, Christa read that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years; and this shocking statistic rang true to her. "Flip a coin," she thought," those were my chances of survival." First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; suddenly, she was struggling to keep herself alive.
Beautifully written, mesmerizingly rich and true, Christa Parravani's account of being left, one half of a whole, and of her desperate, ultimately triumphant struggle for survival is informative, heart-wrenching and unforgettably beautiful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250044396
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 256,938
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christa Parravani is a writer and photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are represented by the Michael Foley Gallery in New York City and the Kopeikin gallery in Los Angeles. She has taught photography at Dartmouth College, Columbia University and UMass, Amherst. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers Newark. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the writer Anthony Swofford (Jarhead) and their daughter.

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Her: A Memoir 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
shopaholicDE More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot - it was well written. I felt for her sister and I felt for the author what a tragedy. I wished the sister had been stronger at overcoming the horror that had happened to her but hey, life is rough and things take its toll worse on some than others. The only reason I backed down from five stars is because when I read a book to be a true five star it has to be memorable. This book ,while I was reading it, I was absolutely enthralled, but only a week later I can't remember hardly any parts of it - except a few of the really bad parts. I do highly recommend it. The way she writes is beautiful. There is one part that I remember that somewhat bothered me - at the funeral "one" of her fathers Mike, came to pay his respects and she kind of freaks on him - that bothered me a bit - I don't care who it is - unless that person did out and out harm to the person to pay respects at a funeral is not the time to be kicking them out!! I was a bit taken a back by that but her sister did just die and maybe the emotions were so high. I had a friend whose twin sister was raped and murdered (at age 13) and she wouldn't celebrate a birthday for about 15 years after that so - everyone grieves differently. You know what I am remembering this book I change it IS a five....
khakisalmon More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating, beautifully written account of the connectedness of identical twins.  I couldn't put it down!  Christa Parravani is the real deal and I will look for more of her titles in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. I'm around the same age andalwaysfanisised as a child what it would be like to have a sister, this is the extreme version of that fantasy played out. In this version , it feels a bit like the genie that grants the wish has a dark and twisted sense of humor. "oh yeah. Just remember, u asked for it". Except it's a memoir...Comming from no advantages early on, to seriously, this is what life is gonna be like now? Into some sort of perspective, it's a powerful story. Check out author interview on NPR.
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I just finished this book and about half way threw I wanted a refund. The author is so poor me...Me....ME, that I ended up not feeling any empathy for either sister.