Sister Mine

Sister Mine

Book - 2013
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Nalo Hopkinson--winner of the John W. Campbell Award, the Sunburst Award, and the World Fantasy award (among others), and lauded as one of our "most inventive and brilliant writers" (New York Post)--returns with a new work. With her singular voice and characteristic sharp insight, she explores the relationship between two sisters in this richly textured and deeply moving novel . . .


We'd had to be cut free of our mother's womb. She'd never have been able to push the two-headed sport that was me and Abby out the usual way. Abby and I were fused, you see. Conjoined twins. Abby's head, torso, and left arm protruded from my chest. But here's the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn't. Far as the Family was concerned, Abby was one of them, though cursed, as I was, with the tragic flaw of mortality.

Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things--a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close. Ever since Abby's magical talent began to develop, though, in the form of an unearthly singing voice, the sisters have become increasingly distant.

Today, Makeda has decided it's high time to move out and make her own life among the other nonmagical, claypicken humans--after all, she's one of them. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she's been looking for: an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There's even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent.

But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent--and reconcile with Abby--if she's to have a hope of saving him . . .
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2013.
ISBN: 9780446576925
Branch Call Number: FIC Hopki
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 24 cm


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A rich, emotionally charged, caribbean folktale set in modern day Toronto. Examinations of magic, identity, powerlessness, and family. Reading this is like seeing colors in music. Very enjoyable!

Sep 15, 2013

A cacophony of unconventionality, written with such grace, I slid right in like I would into a warm bubble bath. A brilliantly unhinged author. She stretches us to see the world from 'around the corner' and then colors between the lines in such fashion that I can see it, i can believe it, i can grieve and wonder at it. This is a story of two black girls...conjoined twins at birth. When they were surgically separated the juju, or mojo, or magik was said to have hopped into one sister, leaving the other an empty vessel. Our story is shared from Empty Girls perspective. Of course i loved her right away. She is spit and vinegar, humor, wearing an invisible coat of compassion and kindness. (She is shy about being good thus sports an overbearing attitude because she thinks she has no value, no cause no matter, without her mojo.) So twist and shout, this is where we learn that these girls are daughters of one human and one demi-god. Ha. Delight. We view the outwardly banal life of a budding young woman set in some taffy-twirled combination of the Bronx and Byzantium. Green Man daddy with Alzheimer's, Grandmother ocean, a rather wet and punishing harridan. Mom the LochNess wanna be. Uncle death with skeletal hands and Armani suits. Glass breaking sopranos, an overly short leg, haints, hoodoo, innocent love, flying carpets, exhaustive electoral love, tiny fowl and haunted kudzu. This is, in all my decades of reading, one of the more unusual books I have encountered and am most pleased I did. Took a minute to embrace the rhythm and then zing. IN. Enjoy. What does your wallpaper taste like?

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