A Memoir

Parravani, Christa

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, shared a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, the gifted and beautiful twins sheltered each other from family violence and loss by inventing a haven of playfulness and creativity between themselves. They went on to earn scholarships at a prestigious college, to careers as artists (a photographer and a writer), and to exuberant young marriages. But when Cara fell victim to a rape, she veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death. Studies have shown that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, the surviving twin's life is at risk. First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; then, she was struggling to keep herself alive. The act of creating this heart-wrenching text helped to transform her into a twin able to live on her own.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805096538
Branch Call Number: B-Pa247h 2013
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,22 cm


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This is Christa's heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant story of her struggle to survive the tragic life and death of her twin sister, Cara.

Looking in the mirror, the face looking back at her was her dead sister's face. Heartbreaking and triumphant.

"The best memoirs should come with a warning label, the kind that make you take a deep breath before you open the cover. Her announces its challenges immediately while also establishing the voice that will pull you through the darkness of loss, memory, and expiation." Dorothy Allison, ... Read More »

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Sep 29, 2013

Loved this book. Very heartfelt. Never lost a twin but have lost a good friend to suicide. The feelings when she comes to me is the same as Chrsta felt about Cara. Couldn't put this book down and finished it over two days.

Sep 02, 2013
  • Bearwomyn rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

No. Really nein, nix, nunca - no thank you. Got up to page 40 thought i might have to hang myself in my closet. A story about the suicide of a twin and the potentially insurmountable grief of the living twin. Poignant and well written, even poetic in parts. Very real life, a vulnerable sharing for this author. I honor that. AND i flipped through to the middle, the near end and the end. The storyline and all the language was the same, the story the same same same same...i put it down. did not finish. did not want to. yeah...NO.

May 01, 2013
  • beachcat2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It won't let me give a star rating, so I'll do it here: 4 stars. Not an easy read because of the anguish Christa went through dealing with the grief of her twin sister dying. She really struggled to become an individual.


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Aug 15, 2013
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