Forever Sisters by Claudia O'Keefe

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There is a special part of every woman that only a sister can understand. For sisters related by blood -- and best friends who are "sisters of the soul" -- no relationship is more powerful or more enriching. In Forever Sisters, today's most gifted writers -- award-winners and talented newcomers -- illuminate the bond sisters share. This diverse gathering of short stories, essays, and memoirs captures the experience of sisterhood, with its unique joys, sorrows, and spectrum of emotions.

With the vivid gift for storytelling that distinguished her Pulitzer Prize-winner The Color Purple, Alice Walker tells a mother's tale of reunion between her daughters: one trapped by tragedy in the dirtpoor South, the other making it big in the city. In an engrossing short story, Marilyn French movingly depicts two young women growing apart in an alcoholic, dysfunctional family. Joy Fielding shapes a humorous but sharp-edged story of the consequences when half-sisters meet for the very first time on a TV talk show. Ann Beattie tells of a pair of friends, as close as sisters, locked in a smothering embrace. In a bittersweet tale, Fae Myenne Ng writes of growing up in a culture that considers a family with only girl children "failed." Recalling her grandmother and great-aunt, Olivia Goldsmith unfolds a dark memoir of sisterhood gone terrifyingly awry. Cristina Garcia relates a poignant account of sisters separated for thirty years, one trapped in Cuba, the other escaped to Miami, reunited at long last. And Rita Dove retells one of the classic fairy tales of sisters, Beauty and the Beast, from the disparate viewpoints of all the women involved.

Along with other literary works, these touching, funny, and powerful selections speak to the need in every woman for a connection with someone who knows you better than you know yourself -- and who will stay Forever Sisters.


About Claudia O'Keefe

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Claudia O'Keefe's short stories have appeared in several anthologies and magazines. She is the author of two novels, "Gawkers" and "Black Snow Days, " and began her writing career as a correspondent for "The St. Petersburg Times." She is the granddaughter of Walter O'Keefe, a Broadway composer and radio legend of the 1940s. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives on Treasure Island in Florida.
Published February 1, 1999 by Atria. 299 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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A powerhouse of 18 women writers reflect on sisters (not on PC sisterhood) in a medley of tales that commemorates the sometimes hateful, sometimes tender and trusting bond between two women who grow up together.

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Estranged from her own sibling, editor O'Keefe compiled this anthology of fiction and memoir out of what she calls sister hunger. Starting with Whitney Otto's Seven Sisters, a kind of list of

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Lolita Files's flighty ""sistah"" story of lifelong friends contrasts nicely with Alice Walker's poignant tale of an urbane woman who drips with contempt as she visits her simple country sister.

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