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Main : exile, fiction, friendship, human rights, lesbian, literary, post-colonial, psychology, queer, sexuality, sisters, spy, violence against women, war, writing

ISBN: 9781876756840
198 x 128 mm
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My Sister Chaos
Lara Fergus
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You will not elude me. I will measure your every dimension, I will trace your smallest lines. I will undo you from the inside. You will feel it like waves running across your floorboards, you will feel it like water rising through your walls, you will feel it like a sudden disorientation, you will wonder what happened to your foundations.

An obsessive-compulsive cartographer trapped in the mapping of her own house. A painter turned codebreaker trying to find the lover she lost in the war. Two sisters on a collision course.

In My Sister Chaos two sisters escape an unnamed war-torn country into separate lives of exile. The cartographer is obsessed with keeping the world in order, but finds it unravelling under her own demands. Her sister, an artist, arrives unexpectedly. Her very presence is a sign of chaos for the cartographer. But in spite of this, the sister has a firm grip on the real world, and a greater connection to the past.

Chaos and order in tension provide the scaffolding for this compelling work of fiction. Presented within a world of obsession and trauma it asks whether any of us is immune to the forces of destruction.


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Winner: Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction (USA)
Shortlisted Dobbie Literary Award
Finalist: Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Debut Fiction (USA)
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Written with the precision of mathematics and the beauty of art.
Ellen Bosman, Library Journal

This is a brilliant book. Intelligent, insightful and complex—but totally unpretentious—My Sister Chaos charts the effects of war and exile on the individual, in a clear and superbly original examination of the devastation and personal aftermath resulting from such experiences, all the while avoiding the banal sentiments often found in such novels.

Dominique Wilson, Wetink

[My Sister Chaos] ...is marvelous. I’m still not sure I fully understand it, but it kept me up all night the night I read it and I look forward to rereading it.

Kristina Grob, Elevate Difference

Table of Contents

PART ONE Topography 1

PART TWO Fugue 53

PART THREE Chaos 149

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