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Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc) - Delia Ephron

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Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of unforgettable, moving and provocative essays. The emotional lynchpin is the author's stirring, eloquent response to the death of Nora Ephron, her older sister and frequent writing companion. In 'Sister', she deftly captures the love, rivalry, respect and intimacy that made up her relationship with her sister in a way that is at once deeply personal and comfortingly universal. Other essays in the collection run the gamut from a hysterical piece about love and the movies - how romantic comedies completely destroyed her twenties - to the joy of girlfriends and best friendship, the magical madness and miracle of dogs, keen-eyed observations about urban survival, and a serious and affecting memoir of life with her mother - growing up the child of alcoholics. Ephron's sparkling wit and humanity is present on every emotionally resonant page.

Read Caroline Baum Review

For those of us still mourning the loss of Nora Ephron, at least there is Delia.

Delia misses Nora too as she tell us in the first essay in this wonderfully new Yorker-ish, neurotic and confessional collection. Delia was eclipsed by Nora but now she is our consolation prize. Fortunately, she too can be very, very funny. Her account of a pilot announcement on a flight to Tulsa made me snort, but there are many gems in these autobiographical fragments that are touching as well as comic, and sometimes painful in their honesty: for example she has real 'issues' with her alcoholic mother and lays it all out squarely and without sentiment.

Reading this feels deliciously, almost wickedly gossipy and intrusive, it is at times so personal. By the end, you feel as you did with everything that Nora wrote, that Delia is your closest friend.

About the Author

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, You've Got Mail, Hanging Up and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, books of humour and essays. Her journalism has appeared regularly in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue and The Huffington Post. Her hit play, Love, Loss and What I Wore (co-written with Nora Ephron), ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world, including Paris and Sydney. She lives in New York City.

ISBN: 9781471132445
ISBN-10: 1471132447
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.23