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My Sister's Continent, by Gina Frangello

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My Sister's Continent, by Gina Frangello

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MY SISTER'S CONTINENT is a contemporary retelling of Freud's infamous "Dora" case study, following a loosely parallel plot and containing similarly controversial sexual themes and layers of possibilities. Kirby is a young woman attempting to come to terms with a "failed" bout of therapy while concurrently trying to decipher the truth about her identical twin, Kendra's, life. When she is sent a skewed case study of herself by her former psychiatrist, she decides torespond by using Kendra's journals to reconstruct her final months with her sister and her brief time in therapy, finally creating her own version of the truth.


From Booklist

Soon to be married, Kirby dreads the return to Chicago of her twin, Kendra, a ballerina. So severe is Kirby's stress-induced intestinal malady, her father sends her to his shrink. Kendra is even more of a wreck: a back injury has ended her dancing life, leaving this anorexic, pill-popping sexual outlaw perilously at loose ends. But their father trumps all: he has AIDS. Under all this duress, Kirby begins to question her engagement and her sexuality, and Kendra, a devotee of pain, takes up with a colleague of her father's who is proficient in sadomasochism. The adventurous editor of the literary magazine Other Voices, Frangello has parlayed Freud's vision of female sexuality as a "dark continent" into a boldly explicit debut novel in which high-strung characters struggle to decode the mysteries of the self while their bodies express what their minds repress. Fran-gello is uncanny and mesmerizing in this smart, suspenseful psychosexual drama as she choreographs traumatic, possibly criminal, family dynamics, and delves fearlessly into questions of identity, abuse, power, trust, trespass, and delusion.Donna Seaman
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"A Freudian tale of a family's twisted past . . . weaving complex issues of sexuality, AIDS and eating disorders." -- Chicago Magazine, December 2005, Jennifer Tanaka

"A refreshing rebuttal to the canard that feminism is humorless, and the deep pun in the title is priceless." -- Chicago Tribune, December 2005, Bill Savage

"Frangello is uncanny and mesmerizing in this smart, suspenseful psychosexual drama as she choreographs traumatic and even criminal family dynamics." -- Booklist, January 2006, Donna Seaman


Gina Frangello is the author of the novel My Sister’s Continent (2006) and the short story collection Slut Lullabies (2010). The longtime editor of the literary magazine Other Voices, she co-founded its book imprint Other Voices Books, now an imprint of Dzanc Books, and is currently the executive editor of  its Chicago office.