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Her: A Memoir - Christa Parravani
Her: A Memoir
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A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to surviveChrista Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship.... show more
A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to surviveChrista Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, the gifted and beautiful twins were able to create a private haven of splendor and merriment between themselves and then earn their way to a prestigious college and to careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively) and to young marriages. But, haunted by childhood experiences with father figures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, Cara veered off the path to robust work and life and in to depression, drugs and a shocking early death.A few years after Cara was gone, Christa read that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years; and this shocking statistic rang true to her. "Flip a coin," she thought," those were my chances of survival." First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; suddenly, she was struggling to keep herself alive.Beautifully written, mesmerizingly rich and true, Christa Parravani's account of being left, one half of a whole, and of her desperate, ultimately triumphant struggle for survival is informative, heart-wrenching and unforgettably beautiful.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780805096538 (0805096531)
ASIN: 805096531
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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michaelbelis
michaelbelis rated it
As memoir go Christa Parravani, seem to have laid it all out, and it not always pretty, but it is well written. At times the wonderful, sometimes tedious, but general honest. I understand that though this is a story of just one set of twins and can not be applied as a general rule to all twins it s...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
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This was one of the books I chose to read based solely on the cover, a haunting photograph of two women poised to shatter. When I started it I didn't know the two women on the cover were twin sisters and that one of them was dead. The book was so painful to read that I can't imagine how horrible i...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
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HER is a tragic story of identical twins torn apart first by a rape and then by death. This is a surprisingly intimate memoir. Christa Parravani isn't keeping many secrets, and the line between herself and her sister Cara is almost nonexistent. She shares deeply personal information about both of th...
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