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In her remarkable second novel, A. Manette Ansay tells the story of Abigail Schiller, a girl who lives a seemingly normal childhood in a small Catholic community in Wisconsin. But that life is shattered when her younger brother Sam, unable to live up to his father's rigid ideas of masculinity, mysteriously vanishes at the age of seventeen. Haunted by both Sam's disappearance and memories of violence that her mother denies, Abby finds herself increasingly unable to reconcile her own life with the wishes of her family and the Catholic Church.

Now thirty years old and expecting her first child, Abby realizes the past she tried to run from holds the key to her own future and to that of her child. She embarks on an emotional journey that retraces her brother's descent into feelings of worthlessness and a world of drug abuse, a journey that contradicts everything she once believed about her family and herself.

Sister is the poignant story of a woman's search for memory and meaning, the reconciliation of present and past within the complicated fabric of family. With grace and compassion, A. Manette Ansay spins hard-won triumph out of tragedy, testifying to the indelibility of the human spirit.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 1996.
ISBN: 9780688144494
Branch Call Number: ANSA
Characteristics: 228p. 24cm.


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sharonb122 Sep 19, 2013

This is my second book by Ansay. She does cover the same topics as "Vinegar Hill" of Dysfunctional family, esp. the Father (holy cow!), women breaking out of traditional roles with the mix of the Church and faith in the mix. However, the situation was so different that it was still suspensful and interesting. It dealt with any individual and their rights to be themselves in that Sam, the brother, was not allowed by the father to be himself . Another topic was how many of us "white wash" the past, esp. "saintifying" (a made up word?) someone who has died or otherwise not around any more.


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