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Sister by A. Manette Ansay
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A very small town in Wisconsin, Catholic, is where this sad, disturbing story takes place. Told in retrospect by the sister, Abigail Schiller about her family and what led up to the disappearance of her only brother, Sam at seventeen. The two of them, somewhat isolated on a farm were very close as young children, but as they grew, and the mother chose to work part time, the balance of the family was disturbed. The father, Gordon, uses physical abuse and shaming to make a man of his only son under the guise of "bonding," while scaring his young adolesent daugher with stories of rape and murder and making her feel uncomfortable with her blossoming body.
As Abagail is sent to her grandmothers to recover from the resulting depression, her brothers life spins out of control. When he just doesn't come home one day in 1984, the family is shattered. With beauty and sadness, grace and honesty, Abigail at age 30 retraces the events that led to the disappearance in an emotional journey. What was her brothers fate? I am a new fan of Ansay. I now have several of her other books on my wish list. Her prose alone is worth the read! ( )
1 vote berylweidenbach | Mar 3, 2010 |
I have to admit, I am a huge fan of Ansay's work. This early novel only adds to that appreciation of her writing. In this lyrical story, Abigail tells of her close relationship with her younger brother. As they reach their teens, though, they become distant, and he leaves unexpectedly. Abby's relationship with her parents and her life on the farm is viewed from years later, influenced by the very real absence of her brother. Beautifully written, engaging story. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Oct 27, 2007 |
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As Abigail Schiller prepares for the birth of her first child, she realizes her attempt to put down roots with husband Adam will never be secure until she resolves the heartache of her past. She had fled her family farm in Horton, Wisconsin, just after high school and had severed all ties with her pious Roman Catholic mother and bullying, distant father. But it was the disappearance of her brother that troubled her most. Sensitive and vulnerable as a boy, Abigail was his guardian angel. Later, he rebelled against his abusive father through run-ins with the law and eventually vanished. The torment of his absence finally drives Abigail to discover what happened, forcing her to return to the places and people she thought she left for good.

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Abigail Schiller returns to the small Catholic Wisconsin community of her youth in an effort to understand her younger brother's disappearance and to reconcile the past and present.

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