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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782119973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782119975
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.6 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A powerful memoir from an acclaimed novelist reveals a past of privilege, violence and possibly murder . . . This many-layered memoir, rich in texture and suggestion, executed with a novelist's eye for oblique human suffering, is her devastating reckoning with the past" (Guardian)

"An extraordinary memoir of loss . . . tender and powerful" (Observer)

"A powerful memoir of love, loss and the author's failure to protect her beloved sister . . . the result is wonderful - spare, controlled and immensely resonant . . . a compact little gem" (Sunday Times)

"Engrossing and beautifully written" (Sunday Express)

"An elegant book, and a story that packs a mighty punch . . . A powerful meditation not only on loss and grief but also on complicity within a family and a country . . . Both horrifying and illuminating, and which lingers in the reader's consciousness long after the final page has been turned" (Gillian Slovo Times Literary Supplement)

"This is a memoir of love, sorrow, sisterhood and privilege. It's also a memoir of the limitations of such privilege - in particular, the inescapable tragedy of being born female in a patriarchal world, where all the money, beauty and breeding cannot protect you from a man who takes what he wants without consequence" (New York Times)

"A rich and poignant memoir" (J M COETZEE)

"A pleasurable book, both because of its sinuous prose and because of its setting . . . the present tense has a poetic power, turning many of the scenes into visual set pieces" (Telegraph)

"Beautiful and disturbing . . . It is a tragic tale, with echoes of cultural sexism and misogyny, yet a triumphant story of a young woman's liberation from this culture and her emergence as a writer" (JOYCE CAROL OATES)

"Kohler digs into her past for a searing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly . . . Her powerful story gives a sharp contrast between a sister's lasting love and the ways society protects a violent man" (BBC, Ten Books to Read in 2017)

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A powerful and heartbreaking portrait of the bond between two sisters, in life and beyond death

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