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My Sister Life

(1998)
The Story of My Sister's Disappearance
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When Maria Flook's fourteen-year-old sister Karen disappeared from their suburban home, the author was changed forever. My Sister Life maps the story of two castaways from American suburbia who, while apart from each other, live mysteriously parallel lives.

With unrelenting realism and beguiling wit, Flook gives us an intimate account of her sister's life as a child prostitute, and of their coming of age in the 1960s--that surreal and wrenching moment of baby-boomer disenfranchisement, when the sexual revolution collided with the domestic fallout from the Vietnam War. From the ocean liners and Paris vacations of their refined upbringing to the gritty peepshows and adult theaters where they find jobs, the girls flee from a beautiful and tormented matriarch with secrets of her own.

Her missing sister becomes Flook's secret heroine--the sole example to follow in her journey into womanhood. The sisters live in trailer parks. They are faced with sexual assault, car thefts, and petty crimes with unpredictable men. Escaping from an abusive Vietnam vet, Karen takes her toddler to join her sister, who is herself raising a baby on her own; it is the first time they are under the same roof since their childhood. Their unorthodox reunion allows the sisters to forge a life-saving bond.

My Sister Life moves beyond biography or memoir to give us an astonishing vision of an American family--an authentic testimony to the defiant, undaunted faith between two sisters who connect after years apart.

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Hardback Editions

August 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: My Sister Life
Author(s): Maria Flook
ISBN: 0-609-00008-X / 978-0-609-00008-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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January 1998 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: My Sister Life : The Story of My Sister's Disappearance
Author(s): Maria Flook
ISBN: 0-679-44208-1 / 978-0-679-44208-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

January 1999 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister Life: The Story of My Sister's Disappearance
Author(s): Maria Flook
ISBN: 0-7679-0315-3 / 978-0-7679-0315-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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1999 : Australia Paperback
thumbTitle: My Sister Life: The Story of My Sister's Disappearance
Author(s): Maria Flook
ISBN: 1-86359-136-2 / 978-1-86359-136-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Anchor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Sister Life: The Story of My Sister's Disappearance
Author(s): Maria Flook
Publisher: Broadway Books
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