Thorndike Press

Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir

  • Sheila Kohler
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  • ISBN-10: 1410498441
  • ISBN-13: 9781410498441
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: .85 lbs ( .39 kgs)
  • 252 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released April 2017



One of People Magazine's Best New Books

At thirty-seven, Sheila Kohler received the news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when her husband drove off a deserted road in Johannesburg. Stunned, she flew home determined to find answers. Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate, Kohler evokes a bond between sisters that changes but never breaks.

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“In this intimate, exquisitely written memoir, the author’s first work of nonfiction, she explores the impenetrable bond that can exist between sisters. . . . In spare, delicate prose, Kohler brings a seasoned novelist's skills to this deeply moving, compelling memoir.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“In the end, this is 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, where all the money, beauty and breeding cannot protect you from a man who takes what he wants without consequence. Rich, pretty, good Maxine, forever the dutiful doll, died young, and her husband lived to a ripe old age, his atrocities never acknowledged. Until now.”

— New York Times Book Review

“An intimate illumination of sisterhood and loss.”

— People Magazine (Best New Books)