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My Sister from the Black Lagoon: A Novel of My Life Hardcover – 24 Aug 1998
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Sue Bender" author of "Plain and Simple" and "Everyday Sacred"A brave and beautiful story of "unwanted courage." Laurie Fox has a poet's soul. We can ache, laugh, and cheer for her characters in this devastatingly honest and tenderly told tale. Fox...transforms a landscape of pain into a world of hard-won understanding.
From the Back Cover
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I loved it--I was incredibly moved by Fox's thougtful character renderings. She is particularly adept at describing mental illness--uncovering the realities of it and bringing these truths to life as no other book has ever done.
This is Fox's first novel, I hope there are many more!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Laurie Fox has a gut-wrenching story that evolves at just the right pace, drawing you into her family and showing, little by little, that it is not only her sister that needs... Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 1999
I picked up the book while browsing, liked the title, read a few words and bought it. The author is doing a reading at the store where I bought the book so I'm planning to go hear... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 1999
On the cover, Wally Lamb compares this book to Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, and is that the truth! Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 1998
My Sister From the Black Lagoon is one of the best books I've read all year. Compelling in its intense recounting of a difficult childhood, this book is a must read for anyone... Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 1998