Invisible Sisters. HANDLER JESSICA.

Invisible Sisters

Staff pick
This should be an unbearably sad memoir, a tale of a family devastated by the terminal illnesses of two of its three daughters. And it is full of unimaginable grief, rendered in clear-eyed, unsentimental prose. However, Invisible Sisters is also smart, funny, adventurous, instructive, and life-affirming. All of these adjectives apply to its author, too; Jessica Handler is a teacher, mentor, cheerleader, and friend to the whole Atlanta literary community, and an especially dear one to us at A Cappella. In 2019, she will add “novelist” to her list of descriptors, as her fictional debut, The Magnetic Girl, launches in April, promising to be one of the biggest books of our anniversary year.

PublicAffairs, April 2009. First Edition. Hardcover. New / New. Item #73531
ISBN: 1586486489

When Jessica Handler was eight years old, her younger sister Susie was diagnosed with leukemia. To any family, the diagnosis would have been upending, but to the Handlers, whose youngest daughter Sarah had been born with a rare congenital blood disorder, it was an unimaginable verdict. By the time Jessica Handler turned nine, she had begun to introduce herself as the "well sibling;" and her family had begun to come apart.

Invisible Sisters is Handler's powerfully told story of coming of age--as the daughter of progressive Jewish parents who move south to participate in the social-justice movement of the 1960s; as a healthy sister living in the shadow of her siblings' illness; and as a young woman struggling to step out of the shadow of her sisters' deaths, to find and redefine herself anew. With keen-eyed sensitivity, Handler's brave account explores family love and loss, and what it takes not just to survive, but to keep living.

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