My Sister Life

My Sister Life

The Story of My Sister's Disappearance

Book - 1997
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When Maria Flook's fourteen-year-old sister Karen disappeared from their suburban home, the author was changed forever. My Sister Life maps the story of two castaways from American suburbia who, while apart from each other, live mysteriously parallel lives. With unrelenting realism and beguiling wit, Flook gives us an intimate account of her sister's life as a child prostitute, and of their coming of age in the 1960s--that surreal and wrenching moment of baby-boomer disenfranchisement, when the sexual revolution collided with the domestic fallout from the Vietnam War. From the ocean liners and Paris vacations of their refined upbringing to the gritty peepshows and adult theaters where they find jobs, the girls flee from a beautiful and tormented matriarch with secrets of her own. Her missing sister becomes Flook's secret heroine--the sole example to follow in her journey into womanhood. The sisters live in trailer parks. They are faced with sexual assault, car thefts, and petty crimes with unpredictable men. Escaping from an abusive Vietnam vet, Karen takes her toddler to join her sister, who is herself raising a baby on her own; it is the first time they are under the same roof since their childhood. Their unorthodox reunion allows the sisters to forge a life-saving bond. My Sister Life moves beyond biography or memoir to give us an astonishing vision of an American family--an authentic testimony to the defiant, undaunted faith between two sisters who connect after years apart.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679442080
Characteristics: 353 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Aug 09, 2017

After reading this book I will cease calling my own family 'dysfunctional'.

This book reeled me in slowly in the first few chapters but what followed I could barely pull my eyes away from. The story is sometimes so dark that I didn't wish to read it while the sun shone.

If you've ever wondered about the lives of others, this memoir is a deep dive into a world which most will - albeit thankfully - never see.

I cannot wait to explore more by this author even though I suspect that this might've been her one big, glorious, well-told story to tell.

Read it. Excellent and compelling.


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