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My Sister from the Black Lagoon : A Novel of My Life
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Joanie | 66 comments I can't remember if this was a memoir or a novel but the girl's older sister is mentally ill. It starts out when they're both young and I think there is a scene where they are with a babysitter (maybe an older woman, not a teenager or anything) and I think the sister takes off or something. I think the older sister was really smart but obviously ill. Sound familiar to anyone? Thanks!

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1395 comments Is it Meeting Rozzy Halfway by Caroline Leavitt?:


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Joanie | 66 comments No, I don't think so. It was more recent than that. I keep thinking the title has the word "planet" in it or something like that.

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer (kristathekrazykataloguer) | 104 comments Well, it could be Humming Whispers by Angela Johnson. Here's the plot summary: Sophy fears that she will become like her older sister Nicole who has schizophrenia.

Or it could be Memories of Summer by Ruth White. Here's the plot summary: In 1955, thirteen-year-old Lyric finds her whole life changing when her family moves from the hills of Virginia to a town in Michigan and her older sister Summer begins descending into mental illness.

Or it might be My Sister, Then and Now by Virginia Kroll. Here's the plot summary: Ten-year-old Rachael describes how her twenty-year-old sister's schizophrenia has affected the family and expresses her own feelings of sadness and anger. This book, though, is only a bit longer than a picture book, so if you're thinking of a novel, this might not be it.

I've read all 3, and liked the second one the best, but they're all good. Hope this helps!

Kate (katespofford) | 260 comments Maybe My Sister from the Black Lagoon by Laurie Fox?

"Lorna is good, Lonnie is bad. In the Persons family, these are the roles of the two daughters--equally troubled but unequally equipped to handle the absurdities of everyday life. Though Lonnie is the "officially crazy one" in the eyes of the world, the rest of the clan is far from normal--at least, in Lorna's eyes. Her mother is a frustrated housewife, worn down by the struggle to appease Lonnie's fits of rage and dementia, while father--exhausted by the tensions of the corporate world--has little energy left over to abide Lonnie or appreciate Lorna. Although younger than her sister, Lorna feels responsible for Lonnie's welfare, for the well-being of the entire family--a losing battle, if ever there was one.

To escape the pressures and unpleasantness of reality, Lorna relies on her imagination: She becomes a ballerina, a Broadway songstress, a Miss Universe contender. The interiors of her mind provide relief from the role she must play in her family and elsewhere: She is the good girl to everyone but herself."

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Joanie | 66 comments Yeah Katie, that's it!!! I had forgotten I'd even posted this one, thanks!

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1395 comments Joanie, Sorry if I changed the folder/topic title as you were about to do so. I've missed a few so I get them when I see them. Oh, I know this book too but didn't think of it when responding.

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Joanie | 66 comments That's okay-I thought I'd suddenly forgotten how to do it or something-glad there was a logical explanation!

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