HighBridge Company, 9781622311743, 570pp.
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, gifted and beautiful twin sisters Christa and Cara Parravani were able to create a private haven of splendor and amusement that they shared between themselves. They earned their way into a prestigious college, established careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively), and entered young marriages. But plagued by their father’s early rejection of them and further damaged by being raped as a young woman, Cara veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death.
Some time after Cara was gone, Christa read that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, fifty percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years. By then, that shocking statistic rang all too true. “Flip a coin,” she had come to think. “Those are my chances of survival.” While at first Christa had fought to stop Cara’s downward spiral, after her sister’s death she suddenly found herself struggling to survive her own.
About the Author
CHRISTA PARRAVANI was born in Albany, New York and grew up on the Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Anthony Swofford and their young daughter Josephine. Christa is an MFA graduate of Rutgers Newark. Christa is also an internationally exhibited photographer and two-time MacDowell fellow. She has taught at UMass Amherst, Dartmouth College and SUNY Purchase. She is represented by Foley Gallery in NYC and Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.
Praise For Her…
“Parravani delicately probes the fragile, intimate boundaries among love, identity and loss.”
“Parravani’s prose paints her phoenix-like transformation such that the reader feels the flames of her life. . . . Raw and unstoppable, Her illuminates the triumph of the human spirit—both individual and shared.”
—Booklist [HC starred review]
“Raw, feverish, and often harshly beautiful.”
“A finely wrought achievement of grace, emotional honesty, and self-possession.”
“Parranvani’s self-assured, unflinching writing belies her status as novice author. She writes candidly about life before and after her twin’s death.”
“Powerful memoir that comes to life in audio and deserves to be in any audio library.”
“It had me in nonstop tears.”