My Sister, My Love

My Sister, My Love

The Intimate Story of Skylar Rampike

Book - 2008
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The unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an infamous American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed 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 Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny expose of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061547485
Branch Call Number: FICTION OATES
Characteristics: 562 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 02, 2014

Deliciously satirical look at all that is wrong in the lifestyle of North American upper middle class from the point of view of a 19 year old. Fun read with lots of tongue in cheek comments.

Aug 14, 2008

This book has "its genesis in a notorious American "true crime mystery" of the late twentieth century", and it's not difficult to figure out the mystery on which it is based. However, it is acknowledged as a work of fiction, and my guess is it bears little resemblance to the real incident(s). However, it is a fascinating look at the consequences of the mysterious death of a child prodigy, written from an unexpected perspective and in an unusual voice (the "author" often speaks to the reader). I have to admit I was a teensy bit dissatisfied with the ending, but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the work.


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