One Day My Sister Disappeared by Christine Orban
A Memoir

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“No one will ever be like you. Who could be like a sister?”
One Day My Sister Disappeared is Christine Orban’s deeply affecting meditation on family, grief, and identity. In spare and tender prose, Orban reflects on the death of her younger sister, Maco, and her presence, which endures.

The story begins in Morocco, where Christine and Maco spend an idyllic childhood riding horses and collecting seashells. The bond between them is profound, and yet the sisters are quite different from each other. While Christine, who is bookish, goes off to university in Paris to immerse herself in a world of ideas, Maco remains at home, eventually falling in love with a wealthy Muslim, whom she marries. But soon Maco’s life crumbles under the strain of her husband’s infidelities, and the two divorce. When a Moroccan law separates Maco from her children, she turns to her beloved sister for solace and support. Unfortunately, Christine is unable to protect Masco from her tragic fate.

Christine Orban’s story, set against the evocative landscapes of Morocco and Paris, is a poignant reckoning with loss and, ultimately, a celebration of the singular bond between sisters.

About Christine Orban

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CHRISTINE ORBAN was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco. An award-winning horse rider, she is also the author of twelve French novels, among them the national bestsellers Fringues and Le Silence des Hommes, are national bestsellers. She lives in Paris with her husband and two sons.
Published August 24, 2004 by Random House. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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here she offers a memoir of her friendship with her sister, Maco, who died pregnant with her third child when she was only 35.

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