Synopses & Reviews
At sixteen, Billie Weinstein has plenty of problems: She's the only Jewish girl living in the all-Italian neighborhood of West Berry, NJ; she's trying hard to please her know-it-all father who listens to opera at full volume and drives full speed, and her too-accommodating mother who is either taking care of Billie's father, or Billie and her sister, or the two dogs; and on top of everything else, her older sister Cassie goes off to college, leaving Billie to fend for herself.
And now Billie's studying for the SATs. The task her father has given her is to learn twenty words a day, read the New York Times at least twice a week and watch Masterpiece Theatre whenever he tells her to, mostly because he likes it. Then Billie discovers her sister's secret: Cassie is battling anorexia and Billie's parents excuse Cassie's weight loss as stress due to the competitive atmosphere at college. Billie knows something is drastically wrong with her sister; something that could be fatal.
This novel is touching and funny and moving, and it got great reviews. And Billie Weinstein is so wry and humorous a protagonist, she's the kind of girl every woman wishes she'd had as a best friend growing up.
A touching coming-of-age novel featuring a protagonist who s the kind of girl every woman wishes she d had as a best friend growing up
Billie Weinstein sees things most people don t see. Her sister, Cassie, has always been her touchstone, the person she turns to for advice and guidance, the person whose opinion means the most to her. But ever since Cassie left for college, she s seemed different withdrawn, obsessed with studying, and she barely eats. Billie can t talk to her parents about it; they act as if nothing is wrong, refusing to see the changes in their older daughter.
Now Billie has become Cassie s confidante, the only one Cassie trusts enough to tell the truth to, and Billie is suddenly thrust into an unfamiliar and disturbing role; one that drives her to make choices that will forever change the way she looks at the world.
A poignant story of self-discovery, My Sister s Bones explores the shifting landscape of family, friendship, and love through the eyes of a young girl possessed of a wisdom far beyond her years. In Billie Weinstein we meet a character as funny, vivid, and endearing as any in recent memory, and watch her transformation as she achieves freedom from the seemingly unbreakable web of family ties.
Praise for My Sister s Bones
A poignant but also lively and humorous novel, with characters so believable you expect them to rise up off the page. New York Timesbestselling authorElizabeth Berg
My Sister s Bones works a miracle. . . . Funny and idiosyncratic, elegant and simple . . . Cathi] Hanauer gives power and dignity to the subject of anorexia. The Village Voice
A persuasive, well-rendered, and rich first novel about family. Kirkus Reviews
Beautifully written . . . Hanauer paints a disturbing picture of the horrific effects of anorexia on patient and family. Library Journal"
Against a backdrop of malls and emerald-carpet lawns, Cassie Weinstein is slowly killing herself. And there seems to be nothing her younger sister Billie can do to stop her. In this eloquently written first novel, "(Hanauer) gives power and dignity to the subject of anorexia and presents us with a book that is funny and idiosyncratic, too" ("The Village Voice").
About the Author
Cathi Hanauer has written for such national publications as McCall's, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen, where she currently writes the monthly advice column, "Relating." She lives in New York City with her husband and baby daughter.
From the Hardcover edition.