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Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir




Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

by Sheila Kohler

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 searing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly.” —The BBC

“An intimate illumination of sisterhood and loss.” People

When Sheila Kohler was thirty-seven, she received the heart-stopping news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when her husband drove them off a deserted road in Johannesburg.  Stunned by the news, she immediately flew back to the country where she was born, determined to find answers and forced to reckon with his history of violence and the lingering effects of their most unusual childhood—one marked by death and the misguided love of their mother.

In her signature spare and incisive prose, Sheila Kohler recounts the lives she and her sister led. Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate, Crossways, Kohler tells of the death of her father when she and Maxine were girls, which led to the family abandoning their house and the girls being raised by their mother, at turns distant and suffocating.  We follow them to the cloistered Anglican boarding school where they first learn of separation and later their studies in Rome and Paris where they plan grand lives for themselves—lives that are interrupted when both marry young and discover they have made poor choices.  Kohler  evokes the bond between sisters and shows how that bond changes but never breaks, even after death.

“A beautiful and disturbing memoir of a beloved sister who died at the age of thirty-nine in circumstances that strongly suggest murder. . . . Highly recommended.” —Joyce Carol Oates




















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Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

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An army of black servants made butter scrolls and polished the Chippendale furniture, gangs of convicts did the gardening work, and a professional nanny, recruited through an advertisement in the Lady, looked after the childrenShe died instantly, mother intones, although Sheila agonizes over whether thats trueHappy reading everyone .more flag 3 likesLike see review Sheila and her sister Maxine were more 1 in 4: Naming the Beast (Volume 1) Mr. Francesco Mafrici just sisters, they were best friends and both The Priscilla Baby Book No. 1: A Collection of Babies' Garments in Knitting and Crochet, With Directions for Making (Classic Reprint) survived a strange but privileged childhoodSheila flies immediately to South Africa and tries to get more information and to instigate some criminal or legal action against her sisters husband, Famous American Belles of the Nineteenth Century no avail


The girls father, a ghost even before his untimely death, worked endlessly to satisfy their mothers taste for luxury, which included an 18-month world tour, adults onlyShe moved to the Yassmin's Story: Who do you think I am? States in 1981 and obtained an MFA from Columbia University (1984)Apr 27, 2017 Jaidee rated it it Thanksgiving All Year Round: A Memoir (Jews of Russia & Eastern Europe and Their Legacy) amazing Recommends it for: those that do not judge others grieving Recommended to Jaidee by: a random but welcome choice Shelves: five-stars-books 5 "tender, naive, upsetting" stars !! First of all my deepest condolences to Ms.more flag 2 Sexy Lettische Models: Julia Zu: Unzensierte erotische Fotos (German Edition) see review .more flag 1 likeLike see review View all 3 comments Nevertheless D.Gray-man, Vol. 25 a fascinating account of the two womens lives and overall I enjoyed it very muchI just wanted to say THANK Cheeky Chihuahua (Little Images Gift Book) (Volume 2) to Ms My Coin Stories (Chinese Edition) Qian Yu When Goodreads recommended this book for me, I wasn't sure if I could (or should) read itTheir purest bond was to each other anywayI can tell she put her heart and soul into this book 48a4f088c3

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