Her

Her

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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"A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to survive Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, the gifted and beautiful twins were able to create a private haven of splendor and merriment between themselves and then earn their way to a prestigious college and to careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively) and to young marriages. But, haunted by childhood experiences with fatherfigures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, Cara veered off the path to robust work and life and in to depression, drugs and a shocking early death. A few years after Cara was gone, Christa read that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years; and this shocking statistic rang true to her. "Flip a coin," she thought," those were my chances of survival." First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; suddenly, she was struggling to keep herself alive. Beautifully written, mesmerizingly rich and true, Christa Parravani's account of being left, one half of a whole, and of her desperate, ultimately triumphant struggle for survival is informative, heart-wrenching and unforgettably beautiful"-- Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 308 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780805096538
0805096531
Branch Call Number: 306.875092 Par

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rally25
Nov 01, 2015

I loved this being mum to a set of identical twins I could relate to their bond - a sad book, I cried like a baby BUT loved it

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brangwinn
Jun 30, 2015

I’m not fond of depressing memoirs, but I will make an exception to this story of identical twins. One never recovers from a brutal rape and finds solace in drugs and eventually dies. The struggle the remaining twin has is so saddening. For those of us who lack someone as close as a twin, this story is a fascinating look with no rose-colored glasses used for the telling of the story.

1955Mookie Sep 29, 2013

Loved this book. Very heartfelt. Never lost a twin but have lost a good friend to suicide. The feelings when she comes to me is the same as Chrsta felt about Cara. Couldn't put this book down and finished it over two days.

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Bearwomyn
Sep 02, 2013

No. Really nein, nix, nunca - no thank you. Got up to page 40 thought i might have to hang myself in my closet. A story about the suicide of a twin and the potentially insurmountable grief of the living twin. Poignant and well written, even poetic in parts. Very real life, a vulnerable sharing for this author. I honor that. AND i flipped through to the middle, the near end and the end. The storyline and all the language was the same, the story the same same same same...i put it down. did not finish. did not want to. yeah...NO.

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beachcat2
May 01, 2013

It won't let me give a star rating, so I'll do it here: 4 stars. Not an easy read because of the anguish Christa went through dealing with the grief of her twin sister dying. She really struggled to become an individual.

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