Famous Writers Celebrate the Power of Sisterhood with Short Stories, Essays, and Memoirs
By (author) Claudia O'Keefe
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Forever Sisters by Claudia O'Keefe
Book DescriptionPulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker tells a mother's tale of reunion between her daughters: one trapped in Southern poverty, the other making it big in the city. Marilyn French movingly depicts two young women growing apart in a dysfunctional alcoholic family. With sharp humour, Joy Fielding plays out the consequences for half-sisters reunited on a TV talk show. Fae Myenne Ng writes of growing up in a culture that considers a family with only girl children 'failed'. Recalling her grandmother and great aunt, Olivia Goldsmith unfolds a dark memoir of sisterhood gone terrifyingly awry. Cristina Garcia relates a poignant reunion of sisters separated for thirty years, one trapped in Cuba, the other escaped to Miami. And in a splendid retelling of a classic fairy tale, Rita Dove imagines Beauty's forgotten sisters, while her wild romance with the Beast takes flight. This collection of insightful and moving stories and essays will appeal to women, whether they are sisters or not.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780671042165
(209mm x 134mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Atria Books
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Claudia O'Keefe
Mother, Paperback (May 1996)» View all books by Claudia O'Keefe
An anthology of fiction, essays and poetry on the theme of motherhood. From a woman's choice to become a mother to the inner working of a mother's relationship with her children, the full cycle of motherhood is covered in works by authors such as Maya Angelou and Amy Tan.
US Kirkus Review » A powerhouse of 18 women writers reflect on sisters (not on PC sisterhood) in a medley of tales that commemorates the sometimes hateful, sometimes tender and trusting bond between two women who grow up together. According to Whitney Otto's opening chapter, "Seven Sisters: An Analysis of Numbers," sisters don't even have to share genes. A provocative list of possible sororal relationships includes sisters-in-law and sorority sisters. What defines a sister, says editor O'Keefe (who also edited an anthology called Mother, not reviewed), is a mutual history and culture, whispered secrets, and longevity. Celebrating - or sometimes damning - the relationship are such heavyweight authors as Marilyn French and Fay Weldon, as well as less well-known but talented writers, like Caroline Leavitt, who have contributed original writings to this collection; Alice Walker, Ann Beattie, Cristina Garcia and others offer reprints of relevant stories or excerpts from novels. Leavitt's compelling piece sets sister against sister because of a man (he loses); Weldon, in "Pyroclastic Flow," creates a sister and a brother-in-law who give her a pain in the neck. Susan Palwick combines mysticism and earthiness in "G.I. Jesus," a story of separation and reunion; also on another plane is poet Rita Dove's account of Beauty's sisters, withering at home while her wild romance with the Beast flourishes. Alice Walker's story is of a mother who is forced to choose between her daughters. Ethnic bases are covered in stories from Hispanic, Asian, and Eastern European authors. Closest to capturing the essence of a sisterly relationship is Carol Edgarian's "Sister Rue." "My sister is not my friend - she is too close, knows too much," says Edgarian. "The gift my sister and I give each other is the truth." Vital and celebratory, with no sloppy sentiment, these stories are honest as only sisters can be. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Claudia O'Keefe
Claudia O'Keefe is the editor of the anthology Mother, praised as "a literary feast" (USA Today), and available from Pocket Books. Her newest anthology, Father, is forthcoming in trade paperback from Pocket Books. She is the author of the novels Gawkers and Black Snow Days; her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and magazines. Ms. O'Keefe is the granddaughter of Walter O'Keefe, a Broadway composer and radio legend of the 1940s.
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