If you are in the Chicago area and haven’t seen my note about this event, please consider coming to read about and discuss the bonds of sisters as we celebrate Sisters: An Anthology. This book, from Paris Press, includes contributions from many classic women writers, such as Margaret Atwood, Delia Ephron, M.F.K. Fisher, Alice Walker and Wendy Wasserstein. Grace Paley’s brief poem “I Need to Talk to My Sister” is not for the fainthearted, for there is no love without loss. Perhaps the most unusual piece is Jane Bowles’s playful pair of quarreling sister puppets.
More than a compilation of essays on a theme, Sisters: An Anthology provides a rare chronology of sisters throughout life. The anthology seems to effortlessly follow us along the age continuum from “I want to reach through the telephone and strangle my sister” to the Delaney sisters, over 100 years old, who do yoga by the television every day, although “sometimes Bessie cheats and she’s just lying there.” The Delaney sisters are an example of the complexity of the entire sister relationship, where one wakes up each day and says “Thank you, Lord, for another day,” and the other wakes up and says “Oh, Lord, another day?”
So come to the Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., in Winnetka at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, if you have a sister, need a sister, to share the bonds, tell stories and read the works from this charming collection.
Sisters: An Anthology is an elegant tribute to the parallel lives we live with our sisters through the passage of time. Through it all, we remain sisters… together, wherever, forever.