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Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, gifted and beautiful twin sisters Christa and Cara Parravani were able to create a private haven of splendor and amusement that they shared between themselves. They earned their way into a prestigious college, established careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively), and entered young marriages. But plagued by their father’s early rejection of them and further damaged by being raped as a young woman, Cara veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death.

Some time after Cara was gone, Christa read that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, fifty percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years. By then, that shocking statistic rang all too true. “Flip a coin,” she had come to think. “Those are my chances of survival.” While at first Christa had fought to stop Cara’s downward spiral, after her sister’s death she suddenly found herself struggling to survive her own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] haunting memoir…Parravani delicately probes the fragile, intimate boundaries among love, identity and loss.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Christa Parravani’s new memoir, Her, is a glimpse into the most intimate chambers of the identical twin relationship…Her is a tribute to the truly beloved, as well as a celebration of the push-and-pull between sisters.”

    Oregonian

  • “A photographer and identical twin tells the intimately delineated, raw story of her beloved sister…A finely wrought achievement of grace, emotional honesty, and self-possession.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Christa Parravani powerfully transforms her anguish over the traumatic death of her troubled identical sister into the astonishing Her.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Concise and captivating, Parravani’s prose paints her phoenix-like transformation such that the reader feels the flames of her fire. A poignant, book-arcing metaphor illustrates Christa’s battle to accept herself with a mirror-image. Raw and unstoppable, Her illuminates the triumph of the human spirit—both individual and shared.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Parravani succeeds in ‘writing Cara back to life’ and saving her own life in the process. No punches are pulled here, and Parravani’s matter-of-fact tone does nothing to shield readers from the enormity of her loss…Imagine looking in a mirror and not seeing yourself. Imagine living the rest of your life with half of yourself missing. Imagine looking at your own corpse. You don’t have to imagine: Parravani’s story makes it all clear.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Haunting…More than a beautifully written memoir. [A] powerful and raw love letter.”

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the March 2013 Indie Next List
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About the Author

Christa Parravani is a writer and photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are represented by the Michael Foley Gallery in New York City and the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. She has taught photography at Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and UMass, Amherst. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers, Newark. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the writer Anthony Swofford, and their daughter.