My Sister from the Black Lagoon
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My Sister from the Black Lagoon : A Novel of My Life

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"I was born into a mentally ill family. My sister was the officially crazy one, but really we were all nuts." So begins MY SISTER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Laurie Fox's incandescent novel of growing up in a strange, unfathomable world. Lorna Persons is the youngest of two daughters born in the 1950s to a South California family. She lives in the shadow cast by her sister, whose rages command the full attention of a her parents. Their household is off-key and out of kilter, a place where Lorna's sister Lonnie sees evil in the morning toast and runs into the hills to join the animals that seem more like her kin. Lorna's severe longing for normality, combined with a sensitive nature and teenage-angst, lead her down a bittersweet path from anger and guilt to acceptance. MY SISTER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is a wisecracked bell jar, a heartbreaking study of sane and crazy. Laurie Fox's delightful voice is knowing yet wide-eyed, lyrical and witty.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 23mm | 349g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0684855380
  • 9780684855387
  • 2,387,771

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So begins My Sister from the Black Lagoon, Laurie Fox's incandescent novel of growing up absurd. Lorna Person's tale is wrested from the shadows cast by her sister, Lonnie, whose rages command the full attention of her parents. Their San Fernando Valley household is off-key and out of kilter, a place where Lonnie sees evil in the morning toast and runs into the Burbank hills to join the animals that seem more like her kin. Lorna, on the other hand, is an acutely sensitive girl who can't relate to Barbie. "Could Barbie feel sorrow? Could Barbie understand what it's like to be plump, lonely, Jewish?"

My Sister from the Black Lagoon is a wisecracked bell jar, a heartbreaking study of sane and crazy. Laurie Fox's delightful voice is knowing yet wide-eyed, lyrical, and witty.
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Table of contents

Contents

Let Me Entertain You

Part One

Toast

Leon the Leopard

Miss Universe

Normal

Certifiable

Nutcracker

Conflict, My Love

Hollywood Babylon

Glinda: The Early Years

Part Two

You Move Me

We Have Arrived

Confessional

Here Comes the Sun

Creature Feature

A Whole Lotta Love

The End of Nate

Part Three

Out of Los Angeles

Stop the World, I Want to Die Off

I, Tragedienne

Glinda: The Dark Side

Sister Savior

The Dance

The Circle Game
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Elisabeth Sherwin Book Page Laurie Fox has managed to turn what could have been a harrowing and depressing autobiographical novel into a moving and funny story. Jan Winburn The Baltimore Sun Achingly honest and surprisingly funny...heartrending. Margaria Fichtner The Miami Herald [A] remarkable, almost aggressively vibrant blend of fiction and memoir. Publishers Weekly, starred review A triumph of storytelling verve, dark humor, and unabashed candor. Beth Witrogen McLeod San Francisco Examiner Hypnotic, darkly humorous. Valerie Frankel The New York Times Book Review Fox's prose is beautiful...effective and stirring.
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About Laurie Fox

LAURIE FOX was raised in Burbank, California, and has been involved in the Los Angeles and San Diego literary communities as a poet and bookseller. For the last ten years, she has worked as a literary agent. She lives with her husband and cat, Chloe, in Berkeley, California
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472 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
5 12% (55)
4 25% (119)
3 43% (205)
2 17% (79)
1 3% (14)
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