Sister

Sister

Book - 1997
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"When my brother disappeared in 1984, I began to see myself in the third person as if my life were a story being told to someone else."

Abigail Schiller lives a seemingly normal childhood in a rural Catholic commuinity in Wisconsin. But that life is shattered when her younger brother, Sam, vanishes at the age of seventeen, fleeing their father's rigid rules of masculinity and the violence their mother denies. Finally, thirty years old and expecting a child of her own, Abby is determined to retrace her lost sibling's dark descent--embarking upon an emotional journey that will test the strength of her spirit, and contradict everything, she once believed about her family and herself.

A stunning work of rare poignance and unsettling power, A. Manette Ansay's Sister marks the literary maturation of a truly exceptional voice in contemporary American fiction. Deftly spinning triumph out of tragedy, the award-winning author of Vinegar Hill offers us a fresh understanding, of family, memory, faith.Abigail Schiller lives in a seemingly normal childhood in a rural Catholic community in Wisconsin. But that life is shattered when her younger brother, Sam, vanishes at the age of seventeen, fleeing their father's rigid rules of masculinity and the violence their mother denies. Finally, thirty years old and expecting a child of her own, Abby is determined to retrace her lost sibling's dark descent--embarking upon an emotional journey that will test the strength of her spirit, and contradict everything she once believed her family and herself.

A stunning work of race poignance and unsettling power, A. Manette Ansay's Sister marks the literary maturation of a truly exceptional voice in contemporary American fiction. Deftly spinning triumph out of tragedy, the award-winning author of Vinegar Hill Offers us a fresh understanding of family, memory, and faith.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 1997.
ISBN: 9780380729760
0380729768
Characteristics: vi, 228 p. ; 21 cm.

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sharonb122 Sep 19, 2013

This is my second book by Ansay. She does cover the same topics as "Vinegar Hill" of Dysfunctional family, esp. the Father (holy cow!), women breaking out of traditional roles with the mix of the Church and faith in the mix. However, the situation was so different that it was still suspensful and interesting. It dealt with any individual and their rights to be themselves in that Sam, the brother, was not allowed by the father to be himself . Another topic was how many of us "white wash" the past, esp. "saintifying" (a made up word?) someone who has died or otherwise not around any more.

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