Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson

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They even enjoy a few unconventional sexual arrangements, one of speculative fiction’s perennial concerns. Toronto’s founders would not approve, but you can imagine Samuel Delany furring his vast snowy beard into a smile.
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WINNER OF THE 2013 ANDRE NORTON NEBULA AWARD

Nalo Hopkinson--winner of the John W. Campbell Award, the Sunburst Award, and the World Fantasy award (among others), and lauded as one of our "most inventive and brilliant writers" (New York Post)--returns with a new work. With her singular voice and characteristic sharp insight, she explores the relationship between two sisters in this richly textured and deeply moving novel . . .

SISTER MINE

We'd had to be cut free of our mother's womb. She'd never have been able to push the two-headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way. Abby and I were fused, you see. Conjoined twins. Abby's head, torso, and left arm protruded from my chest. But here's the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn't. Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.

Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things--a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby's magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.

Today, Makeda has decided it's high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans--after all, she's one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she's been looking for: an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There's even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent.

But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent--and reconcile with Abby--if she's to have a hope of saving him . . .
 

About Nalo Hopkinson

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Nalo Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous novels and short stories for adults. Nalo grew up in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana before moving to Canada when she was sixteen. This is her first young adult novel. Visit her online at NaloHopkinson.com.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 318 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Genevieve Valentine on Mar 21 2013

This is a book about family, and Sister Mine remains a suitably imperfect and vibrant story of family in all its unfathomable wonders and annoyances, and the power it holds over us — or gives us.

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Reviewed by Chris Randle on Apr 05 2013

They even enjoy a few unconventional sexual arrangements, one of speculative fiction’s perennial concerns. Toronto’s founders would not approve, but you can imagine Samuel Delany furring his vast snowy beard into a smile.

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Reviewed by Chris Randle on Apr 05 2013

...loping around with a fable’s gait. The hero’s casual, colloquial narration forms another point of subconscious contention for her more formal and guarded twin. This sometimes produces banalities...At its best, though, Hopkinson’s prose intermingles the quotidian settings and cosmic mysticism...

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