Invisible Sisters

Invisible Sisters

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When Jessica Handler was eight years old, her younger sister Susie was diagnosed with leukemia. To any family, the diagnosis would have been upending, but to the Handlers, whose youngest daughter Sarah had been born with a rare congenital blood disorder, it was an unimaginable verdict. By the time Jessica Handler turned nine, she had begun to introduce herself as the well sibling; and her family had begun to come apart. Invisible Sisters is Handlers powerfully told story of coming of ageas the daughter of progressive Jewish parents who move south to participate in the social-justice movement of the 1960s; as a healthy sister living in the shadow of her siblings illness; and as a young woman struggling to step out of the shadow of her sisters deaths, to find and redefine herself anew. With keen-eyed sensitivity, Handlers brave account explores family love and loss, and what it takes not just to survive, but to keep more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 149.86 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • H
  • 1586486489
  • 9781586486488
  • 2,432,081

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Ann Hood, author of "Comfort" and "The Knitting Circle" ""Invisible Sisters" is both heartbreaking and hopeful. Even as Jessica Handler tells us of her family's losses, she reminds us to celebrate life. Handler shows us how to move forward without being afraid to look back. This book is a gift."Michael Wex, author of "Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods" ""Invisible Sisters" is an unsentimental but deeply moving look at the ways in which loss--loss past and the loss that is still to come--can shape lives. Jessica Handler's book is a quiet, near-hypnotic tour de force."Rosellen Brown, author of "Tender Mercies" and "Before and After" ""Invisible Sisters" chronicles the ambush of a happy family and its devastation in the face of every hope and effort. What Jessica Handler has rescued from grief, bravely and without self-pity, is the story of her own hard-won survival. The book in which she discovers a self separate from the anguished role she seemed destined to play haunted me from its very first page and has not let me go.""Kirkus", February 1, 2009 "With a sure grasp of revelatory detail, the author recalls homely verities from a vanished life. Her memory piece is an elegy for her dead sisters, who are not quite lost as long as they live in her thoughts. A heartfelt, painful family saga, skillfully told by a survivor."Teresa Weaver, "Atlanta" magazine, review April '08 issue"Some memoirs are affecting because they are universal, some because they are unique. Jessica Handler's "Invisible Sisters" derives its gut-punch power from being both.... Handler tells this story with the lyrical elegance and cool remove of Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking"--the highest praise possible for any memoir of loss.... There is an undeniable burden in being 'the only one left, ' but there is true grace in the act--and art--of first remembering, then surviving."show more

About Jessica Handler

Jessica Handler's nonfiction has appeared in, More Magazine, Southern Arts Journal, and Ars Medica. An essay derived from Invisible Sisters was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize, and her work has received Honorable Mention for the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Prize. A teacher of creative writing, she lives in Atlanta, more

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