Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kocher

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August 2017, no. 393
Tali Lavi reviews 'Once We Were Sisters' by Sheila Kocher

Once We Were Sisters

by Sheila Kocher

Allen & Unwin, $27.99 pb, 244 pp, 9781782119982

Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kocher

Reviewed by
August 2017, no. 393

As Nadine Gordimer once mused, ‘Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.’ Sheila Kohler’s site of personal haunting is the murder of her sister Maxine in South Africa more than three decades ago. Once We Were Sisters is not, however, a maudlin memoir. Whilst the book readily enters dark territory, it also resuscitates the writer’s adored older sibling and their interwoven lives with a golden patina of nostalgia.

Tali Lavi reviews 'Once We Were Sisters' by Sheila Kocher

Once We Were Sisters

by Sheila Kocher

Allen & Unwin, $27.99 pb, 244 pp, 9781782119982

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