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The Sister: A Novel of Emily Dickinson

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The testimonies of the sister, the cop and the killer will at last reveal the dreadful truth behind the brutal murder of a young girl in Chicago in 1956.
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published May 10th 2007 by Overlook Books (first published June 30th 2004)
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Feb 01, 2010 Allyson rated it did not like it
You know when Avitar won the Golden Globe for best movie? It was confusing. Like, really? No one I know liked that movie. It looked really stupid and James Cameron has obviously lost his mind.

Seeing that The Sister won writing awards was kind of like that. No one I talked to liked this book, and I couldn't get through it. And Paola Kaufmann died, just like I kind of wish James Cameron would do.
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Feb 22, 2013 Erin O'Riordan rated it liked it
I didn't dislike this novel, but I think I would have liked it a little better if it didn't presuppose that the reader has some biographical knowledge of Emily Dickinson. I'm certain I studied Dickinson in AP American Literature in high school, but that was almost 20 years ago, and I'm (understandably) a little fuzzy on the details. In this regard, this is a book written by a scholar for scholars.

It has aspects that non-scholarly readers such as myself can enjoy for their own merits. The prose
May 15, 2012 Carla rated it it was amazing
I've always loved Emily Dickinson but had never read a novel with her as a "character". What I liked about this was that it was written from the perspective of her sister, Lavinia Dickinson. It explained a lot about Emily's personality quirks. It's also an insight into family relationships, and how we never really know each other even when we're living in close quarters. We may know each other's habits, preferences and moods, but we don't know the internal comings and goings of each others' hear ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
Though a bit slow to start, this story gets compelling midway through when Lavinia, the younger sister, discovers her sister's poems after her death. The book doesn't necessarily help you understand what made Emily Dickinson "tick," but it does offer glimpses into events from the Dickinson family's lives that likely inspired recurring themes in her poetry. As for Lavinia, her story is a little sad, a little sweet, and nicely imagined.
Oct 21, 2007 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This was really good!

Makes me want to run out and read all Emily Dickinson's poetry, plus a biography or two of her. I'd say that's the sign of a good historical fiction novel. I am intrigued by the fact the author was Argentinian, and the book was translated into English. Huh. Not that Argentinians can't be interested in Emily Dickinson, I just find it intriguing : )
Jul 05, 2009 Bzak2 rated it really liked it
I liked it - I didn't know much about Emily Dickinson so it was interesting to get a bit of insight into her but at the same time it was hard to follow this story at times as it was not written in a straight forward style
Aug 21, 2010 Beatrice rated it really liked it
Shelves: united-states
I don't even know why I got this book out of the library because I don't even like Emily Dickinson but it was very interesting and I like her a lot more now, as well as her sister whose diary this is supposed to be.
May 15, 2009 Mary rated it did not like it
Recommended to Mary by: found at library
Shelves: fiction
This one was sitting next to another one that I was checking out and it looked interesting, but wasn't.
Jan 27, 2010 Colleen rated it did not like it
Pretty stale. Dull prose, uninteresting characters. May be more for Dickinson afficionados.

I just found out that it was translated into English. Might have been part of the problem...
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Paolo Kaufmann was born in Rio Negro, Argentina. In recent years, she combined fiction-writing with a successful career as a biologist and scientific researcher. In 2000 she won the Fondo Nacional de las Artes Prize with her short-story collection, The Devil’s Golf Course, and in 2003 she received the Casa de las Américas Prize for The Sister. Her latest novel, The Lake, won the Planeta Prize for ...more
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