Sister Crazy by Emma Richler

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The sprawling Weiss family--as recalled by Jemima, the middle child in Emma Richler’s amazing debut--live an almost idyllic existence. The feeling among the siblings is so palpable that we cannot help but share the acute nostalgia Jem experiences as she emerges from childhood.
In a darkly humorous voice she tells of playing elaborate war games with toy Action Man figures, composing a survival book ("Always have some sports news at hand for when your dad is in hospital after a scary operation to do with a fatal disease"), closely observing her beautiful Mum to fathom her magic, weaving the story of the Grail quest into her brother Jude's life. Jem’s extravagant tales of her eccentric beloved family will linger long after the last line.


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About Emma Richler

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Emma Richler was born in London and grew up there and in Montreal. She studied French literature at the University of Toronto and the Universite de Provence before training as an actress at the Circle in the Square in New York City and working for ten years in the United Kingdom in theater, film, and television drama, and on BBC radio. She lives in London. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Not that she makes a big deal of it as she meanders through the vagaries and eccentricities of her various family members, always assuring the reader that these are 'not a problem for me', though I thought this was code for: 'This is a clue to why I cracked up.' She protects her ingenuous and m...

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(Some of Jem's verbal tics grow wearisome, especially the phrase "big thing", as in "He definitely has a big thing for cucumber" or "She does not have a big thing for laughter even though she looks so merry.") The seven stories in Sister Crazy double back on themselves in a strangely obsessiv...

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Vignettes strung together according to Jem's private logic allude to her education at different convent schools, the WWII games she plays with Jude, her fascination with St. Francis of Assisi (who "called everything Brother this and Sister that").

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Jem's older brother, Jude, is the object of the bulk of Jem's affections, and she imbues him with charm and grace and humanity to spare.

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London Review of Books

I chose Talking Man, who was an innovation at the time .

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