Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

By | November 6, 2017
Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir Author Sheila Kohler
ISBN-10 0143129295
ISBN-13 9780143129295
Year 2017-01-17
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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ONE OF PEOPLEMAGAZINES BEST NEW BOOKSAsearing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly The BBCAn intimate illumination of sisterhood and loss PeopleWhen Sheila Kohler was thirty seven she received the heart stopping news that her sister Maxine only two years older was killed when her husband drove them off a deserted road in Johannesburg Stunned by the news she immediately flew back to the country where she was born determined to find answers and forced to reckon with his history of violence and the lingering effects of their most unusual childhoodone marked by death and the misguided love of their mother In her signature spare and incisive prose Sheila Kohler recounts the lives she and her sister led Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate Crossways Kohler tells of the death of her father when she and Maxine were girls which led to the family abandoning their house and the girls being raised by their mother at turns distant and suffocating We follow them to the cloistered Anglican boarding school where they first learn of separation and later their studies in Rome and Paris where they plan grand lives for themselveslives that are interrupted when both marry young and discover they have made poor choices Kohler evokes the bond between sisters and shows how that bond changes but never breaks even after death A beautiful and disturbing memoir of a beloved sister who died at the age of thirty nine in circumstances that strongly suggest murder Highly recommended Joyce Carol Oates

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