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MY SISTER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.

Fox, laurie.

ISBN 10: 0684847450 / ISBN 13: 9780684847450
Published by SIMON & SCHUSTER. NY 1998, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by Laurie Fox on the first blank page. Additionally SIGNED by the author on the title page. Fine in a fine dj. Author's well reviewed FIRST novel.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 9916

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Title: MY SISTER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.

Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER. NY 1998

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Young Lorna Person narrates this story of pain, honesty, humor, and identity in which she must contend with her mentally ill sister, whose inventive acts of self-destruction show the whole family that love can exist even in the darkest of places. 35,000 first printing. Tour.

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Lorna is good, Lonnie is bad. In the Persons family, these are the roles of the two daughters--equally troubled but unequally equipped to handle the absurdities of everyday life. Though Lonnie is the "officially crazy one" in the eyes of the world, the rest of the clan is far from normal--at least, in Lorna's eyes. Her mother is a frustrated housewife, worn down by the struggle to appease Lonnie's fits of rage and dementia, while father--exhausted by the tensions of the corporate world--has little energy left over to abide Lonnie or appreciate Lorna. Although younger than her sister, Lorna feels responsible for Lonnie's welfare, for the well-being of the entire family--a losing battle, if ever there was one.

To escape the pressures and unpleasantness of reality, Lorna relies on her imagination: She becomes a ballerina, a Broadway songstress, a Miss Universe contender. The interiors of her mind provide relief from the role she must play in her family and elsewhere: She is the good girl to everyone but herself. ("Ever since I was six and halfway aware that something about Lon didn't work right, I've been vigilant about ... counting the things I am grateful for. Or could be grateful for, if I were a good person.") The only difference between her and Lonnie, she is convinced, is that she is simply a better actress.

Lorna guides us through her real and fantasy life, from the angst of lonely adolescence to the trials of finding and losing love, and finally to the relief and reward of acceptance. Through it all, Lorna remains true to herself. And though she doesn't always think much of the person she is, she emerges from childhood a strong, passionate, and compassionate figure, realizing that--despite all the pain and guilt of growing up with a mentally ill sister, a "sister from the black lagoon"--Lonnie represents the best and worst of her own life and identity. --Leah Ball

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