Forever Sisters (Paperback)

Famous Writers Celebrate the Power of Sisterhood with Short Stories, Essays, and Memoirs

By Claudia O'Keefe

Atria Books, 9780671042165, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2000

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker tells a mother's tale of reunion between her daughters: one trapped in Southern poverty, the other making it big in the city. Marilyn French movingly depicts two young women growing apart in a dysfunctional alcoholic family. With sharp humor, Joy Fielding plays out the consequences for half-sisters reunited on a TV talk show. Fae Myenne Ng writes of growing up in a culture that considers a family with only girl children "failed." Recalling her grandmother and great-aunt, Olivia Goldsmith unfolds a dark memoir of sisterhood gone terrifyingly awry. Cristina Garcia relates a poignant reunion of sisters separated for thirty years, one trapped in Cuba, the other escaped to Miami. And in a splendid retelling of a classic fairy tale, Rita Dove imagines Beauty's forgotten sisters, while her wild romance with the Beast takes flight.
Along with eleven other unique perspectives on a very special bond, Forever Sisters speaks to the part of every woman that only a sister can understand.

About the Author

Claudia O'Keefe is the editor of the anthology Mother, praised as "a literary feast" (USA Today), and available from Pocket Books. Her newest anthology, Father, is forthcoming in trade paperback from Pocket Books. She is the author of the novels Gawkers and Black Snow Days; her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and magazines. Ms. O'Keefe is the granddaughter of Walter O'Keefe, a Broadway composer and radio legend of the 1940s.

Praise For Forever Sisters: Famous Writers Celebrate the Power of Sisterhood with Short Stories, Essays, and Memoirs

Kirkus Reviews A powerhouse of eighteen women writers...commemorates the sometimes hateful, sometimes tender and trusting bond between women who grow up together. Vital and celebratory...these stories are honest as only sisters can be.

The Dallas Morning News This critically acclaimed collection of short stories, essays, and memoirs "holds a prism to the word 'sisters,' reflecting a spectrum of association it might stir up".

Chicago Tribune Vibrant and diverse tributes to the experience of sisterhood.