My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike (Paperback)

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Description


Herein is the unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an "infamous" American family destroyed a decade ago by the murder of Skyler’s six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder, part elegy for the lost Bliss and for his own lost childhood, Skyler’s narrative is an alternately harrowing and corrosively funny exposÉ of upper-middle-class American pretensions—and an unexpectedly subtle and sympathetic exploration of those who dwell in "Tabloid Hell."

About the Author


Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal, our government's highest civilian honor for the arts. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Joyce Carol Oates lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Praise for My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike…


“Employing her powerful imagination, the gifted Oates gets inside her fictional characters’ tormented souls to solve the case…as a literary exercise, it deserves a rave…she brilliantly depicts status-obsessed parents who alternately push and ignore their deeply unhappy children.”
-USA Today

“Oates is in top form as she creates a narrative voice that is bitter and humorous yet sympathetic, building to a dramatic and satisfying resolution.”
-Library Journal

“Oates is just a fearless writer…[with] her brave heart and her impossibly lush and dead-on imaginative powers.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Joyce Carol Oates’s uncompromising prose illuminates the stark landscape of our times.”
-Chicago Tribune

“The Gravedigger’s Daughter is Joyce Carol Oates at her very best: mesmerizing, intense and unique in her vision and power.”
-Scott Turow

“…Oates confidently delivers another very American saga of lurid misfortune.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“…This book is easy to admire… my reaction was…“Wow: What a writer.””
-Seattle Times

“…there is much to admire in this bittersweet tale of one woman’s triumph of the will...engaging…”
-New York Times

“…a writer of furious gifts…”
-New Jersey Star Ledger

“Oates’ vivid descriptions fill the senses…what is strong is Oates’ compassionate, disturbing portrayal of life in the troubled war years…”
-USA Today

“There is much to admire in this bittersweet tale of one woman’s triumph of will.”
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Oates’ vivid descriptions fill the senses…what is strong is Oates’ compassionate, disturbing portrayal of life in the troubled war years…”
-Louisville Courier Journal

“…there is much to admire in this bittersweet tale of one woman’s triumph of the will...engaging…”
-Contra Costa Times

“Joyce Carol Oates is one of the great writers of our time.”
-John Gardner

Product Details ISBN-10: 0061547492
ISBN-13: 9780061547492
Published: Harper Perennial
Pages: 592
Language: English