Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Sister Stories: Taking the Journey Together Hardcover – January 1, 1996
The bond between women can be as crucial and life affirming as the umbilical cord is to babies. Yet it is also a bond that has been misunderstood, feared, and deliberately severed in the shadow of patriarchal cultures. Drawing upon ancient myth, female tribes, contemporary sororities, and real life stories, Brenda Peterson offers an honest portrait of sisters--both the chosen ones and the ones we are given. We meet Isabel Allende's adopted sister, the exotic jeweler Tabra. We explore the subtext of a slumber party, and are asked to look honestly at the abortion war, which has become our sister war. Peterson's delightful wit, reflective nature, and gutsy truth telling entice and challenge readers to illuminate their own sister stories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Novelist (Duck and Cover, HarperCollins, 1991) and essayist (Living by Water, Alaska Northwest Bks., 1991) Peterson here tells stories about her own relationships with biological sisters, friends, and lesbian lovers, and about those of other women, e.g., novelist Isabel Allende and jewelry-maker Tabra Tunoa, two sisters who overcome their codependent relationship, and two women who are sometimes lovers, sometimes friends, and always in conflict. According to Peterson, a woman can be a "sister" with anyone female, including a dolphin, but the nature of this bond is not analyzed nor are the generalizations about sisterhood made clear. Also Peterson perpetuates gender stereotypes, e.g., female scientists think differently than male. However, she does emphasize the need for women to face their dark side, including female violence, and for all of us to value rather than fear passion between women. For comprehensive women's studies collections and where there is strong interest in the subject.
Judy Mimken, Boise, Id.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now