Her (2013) When an identical twin dies, what happens to the one she leaves behind? In her raw, feverish, and often harshly beautiful memoir, Parravani traces the… 2013-03-05 Memoir Henry Holt & Company
Book Review

Her (2013)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 05, 2013; Writer: Christa Parravani; Genre: Memoir; Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

When an identical twin dies, what happens to the one she leaves behind? In her raw, feverish, and often harshly beautiful memoir, Parravani traces the loss of her sister, Cara, who spiraled into drug addiction after a brutal rape and fatally overdosed at 28. Parravani has an M.F.A. in visual art, and she writes about the overwhelming intimacy of twindom in vivid, imagery-laden prose; at times, that intimacy feels less like love than toxic, mirrored narcissism, and the sisters' shared penchant for melodrama and willful self-destruction grows exhausting. But in its own elliptical way, Her fulfills the author's wish: ''If I couldn't die with her, I could write my sister back to life.'' B

Originally posted Mar 20, 2013 Published in issue #1252 Mar 29, 2013 Order article reprints