Once We Were Sisters Lib/E: A Memoir

Sheila Kohler (Read by)

Product Details

Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
January 17, 2017
6.1 X 1.2 X 6.7 inches | 0.48 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of fourteen works of fiction including the novels Dreaming for Freud, Becoming Jane Eyre, and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into a film starring Eva Green. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine and included in The Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O. Henry Award, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. She teaches at Princeton University.


Beautiful and disturbing....Highly recommended.

-- "Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award-winning author"

Rich and poignant.

-- "J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author"

An exquisite and devastating book.

-- "Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning author"

An intimate illumination of sisterhood and loss.

-- "People"

A searing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly...Kohler digs into her past for a searing and intimate memoir about love turned deadly...Her powerful story gives a sharp contrast between a sister's lasting love and the ways society protects a violent man.

-- "BBC"

A memoir of love, sorrow, sisterhood, and privilege. It's also a memoir of the limitations of such privilege - in particular, the inescapable tragedy of being born female in a patriarchal world.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Intimate, exquisitely written...In spare, delicate prose, Kohler brings a seasoned novelist's skills to this deeply moving, compelling memoir.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Short enough to read in one sitting but poignant enough to linger in the mind long afterward...Kohler's spare and lyrical narrative explores the bonds of sisterhood and what might have been done to avert this family tragedy.

-- "BookPage"

A tragic yet gorgeous story that will appeal to those interested in the nature of memory, South African history, and fraught family relationships.

-- "Booklist"

Brilliantly intelligent, beautifully written, sensually detailed, sexy, exquisitely restrained and shocking.

-- "Phillip Lopate, author of Being with Children"

Kohler's writing is visually potent, viscerally compelling...She conjures a lost world of privilege, violence, and repression that has chilling parallels in contemporary life.

-- "Rebecca Miller, author of The Private Lives of Pippa Lee"