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My Sister from the Black Lagoon: A Novel of My Life Hardcover – 24 Aug 1998

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (24 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684847450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684847450
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,231,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Laurie Fox is truly a poet. Her autobiographical tale ellicits the difficult truths that survivors from a home with a mentally ill member hold private and constant. Lorna's troubled childhood with her mentally ill sister is fraught with the anxieties and laughter that all girls can relate to, but her struggle to succeed as an independent woman and learn to live with the guilt of surviving in a dysfunctional family are what makes the telling of the novel so relentlessly gripping. Laurie Fox bares her soul, her sorrow, and her story in an accessible, emotional, and sympathetic style. This is her first novel, but I can't wait to read more.
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By A Customer on 22 Oct. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Laurie Fox's autobiographical novel is good, especially compared to what passes as novels these days, but it is not as good as its blurbers, Carolyn See and Wally Lamb, suggest. The character of Lonnie, the mentally ill sister, is poorly drawn and largely absent from the story. We get the idea that Lorna's problems arise from her family's neglect of her, but that connection isn't really drawn. The writing can also be trite--too many exclamation points. However, there are also wonderful vignettes--especially the scenes in which Lorna and Lonnie play together when young and those in which Lorna is able to indulge her love for drama.
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Format: Paperback
I found this book a while back whilst on work experience. I liked the look of it, and so decided to read it. From cover to cover this is a truly moving story that makes the reader laugh along with Fox's witty dialogue and strangely amazing plot. The characters in my sister from the black lagoon are well written and the pace of the story is just right. I like how Fox explores the changes in the characters as the grow, yet still expresses their devotion to one another. Overall, this a great book I couldn't put down...I got so wrapped up in it I almost ended up reading it in the cinemas! Just buy it, you won't regret it.
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Format: Hardcover
Laurie Fox has written a modern day "Portrait of the Artist as a Youn Man", with a female hero. Additionally, she brings to life the culture of suburbia, as vividly as Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" did in celluloid (and possibly Rick Moody in his original story).
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!
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By A Customer on 12 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found _My Sister..._ a thoughful and careful book written with an honesty that reminds me of Alice Munro. The novel was not perfect, as it lagged towards the end, but I guess that's the pitfall of writing of one's life. I first heard of this book while Fox was being interviewed on a local radio show in the Bay Area, and she seemed so sincere and her story so compelling that I went out and bought the book. Can't wait until the sequel.
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By A Customer on 24 Aug. 1998
Format: Hardcover
On par with The Liar's Club, My Sister is a beautifully written, incredibly moving novel that made me realize how much our sisters mean to us. No matter how far apart Lorna grew from her sister, or how different they became, their love endured. This is a book that reminds me of how much my own sister means to me. I quite simply loved it, and have reccomended it to all my friends, and especially my sister.
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