"When my brother disappeared in 1984, I began to see myself in the third person as if my life were a story being told to someone else."
Abigail Schiller lives a seemingly normal childhood in a rural Catholic commuinity in Wisconsin. But that life is shattered when her younger brother, Sam, vanishes at the age of seventeen, fleeing their father's rigid rules of masculinity...more
What a real privilege to again read another excellent work by author A. Manette Ansay. I was first introduced to her writing with Vinegar Hill, whose extremely, vivid and realistic characters were so shocking and emotionally wounded one can not help but turn page after page hoping for healing or restitution of some kind. I knew having read that book that I would continue to seek out and read more of her work. Sister is an absolute page tur ...more
Sister tells the story of 30-year-old Abigail Schiller as she prepares ...more
She's not an author that you can read back-to-back and expect to be in a jolly-good mood. You do have to take some time off in-between reads, but i am looking forw ...more
~~~~~ Finished. Four stars because at least twice the writing was stunning but damn! that was a hard story to swallow.
Isn't it terrible when you can't put your finger on why something didn't work for you? I think for me it was because the summary of this book talked about a girl, all grown up, going back home to find her lost brother. And the book itself was...not about that at all. It meticulously goes over her childhood, hops, skips, and jumps around about a year of her ac ...more
Part of the appeal of this book was that its protagonist grew up Catholic and in the midwest at the same time I did. She and her family took their faith much more seriously than I ever did but it was nice to see how the reliance on Catholicism changed over the years. For some of the characters, it deepened and for some it fell off. I found that very realisti ...more
My favorite lines were found at the end:
:...faith. The ability to believe. The ability to see beyond the place where you are. Do you understand how important that is?" I'm learning...
This novel is centered around the disappearance of the main character's younger brother when the siblings were teenagers. I usually like crime and mystery novels but I was unable to connect to the characters or the plot. Skip this one!
More important, the author's characterization is just superb. I loved getting into her protagonist's head, and the problems she faced (and how she faced them) seemed heartwrenching, yet realistic, too, and not over the top. Kudos.