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Karen Green: Frail Sister

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Artist and writer Karen Green's second book originated in a search for a woman who had vanished: her Aunt Constance whom Green knew only from a few family photos and keepsakes. In her absence, Green has constructed an elliptical arrangement of artifacts from an untold life. In this rescued history, Green imagines for her aunt a childhood in which she is bold, reckless, per ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Siglio Press
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Roxane
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, strange book--found objects and fictional prose brought together to tell the real and imagined story of Constance Gale, through letters to her sister, letters from young men at war. From the beginning to the end of the book, we bear witness to a life, too-short but fully-lived. This is simply fascinating and gorgeously written, gorgeously assembled.
Janet
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A visual novel composed of altered archival materials from USO stationery to sheet music, newspaper articles, collages, menus, vintage photos and drawings, altered and overwritten to create the haunting story of highspirited Constance Gale, taking us from her Depression-era childhood, where she was part of a sister-act--the talented little girls are used to support the family--their creepy suitor/patron the mother encourages —and the oppressive presence of their sinister little brother, “Mouse,” ...more
Jaime
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read her other book, Bough Down, and knew I wanted to read this one. The mixed media format really adds to the story and I read this in one sitting because it drew me in so much. As the story unfolded, though, it became sad and haunting, and by the end, the ache was palpable. What are the stories we never know? How does a woman disappear? What are the answers she holds that no one finds out?
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What a creative and interesting work of art, though terribly heartbreaking.
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