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A Sistermony.

Stern, Richard.

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ISBN 10: 1556114273 / ISBN 13: 9781556114274
Published by DONALD I. FINE INC., New York, 1995
Condition: Good Hardcover
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121 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition, with price tag on front of DJ. MEMOIRS. "Hoping to capture 'the special', unrealized gift of sisterness,' fiction writer Stern even invents a word-sistermony-to describe this extraordinary memoir of his sister's death and legacy." (Key Words: Memoirs, Siblings, Relationship, Family Values, Death, Medal of Merit, Richard Stern). Bookseller Inventory # 18795X1

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Title: A Sistermony.

Publisher: DONALD I. FINE INC., New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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A memoir by the author of Other Men's Daughters sheds new light on the powerful bonds that exist between brothers and sisters and offers insights into such friends and admirers as Thomas Mann, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth. 15,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.

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Stern's latest memoir movingly chronicles his sister Ruth's death from cancer. Stern's ability to include so much else in the short book--from anecdotes about his friends to ruminations on the aborted Russian coup--without detracting too much from its tragic core says a great deal about his strength as a writer. In his best fiction, Stern can conjure up a complex characterization in a few paragraphs. He does the same for Ruth's situation when describing her aversion to escapist films: "She escaped through the grit of her friends' lives, and the psychological tension of good fiction." The discussions with her he reports also reveal much about Jewish family life in upper-middle-class Manhattan. The penultimate chapter, "Aftermath: Chicago," reacting to the journals Stern wrote at the time of her illness, is particularly wrenching. Stern's buddies Saul Bellow and Philip Roth figure prominently, by the way, and their insights are well interwoven with Stern's theological discussion with a Sudanese cab driver. A Sistermony constitutes one more reason why Stern should be as well regarded as his East Coast peers. Aaron Cohen

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