Brothers, sisters, strangers : sibling estrangement and the road to reconciliation

by Chapman, Fern Schumer,

Format: Print Book 2021
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a a thoughtfully researched memoir that illuminates the phenomenon of estrangement. Chapman helps readers work through the challenges of rebuilding a sibling relationship that seems damaged beyond repair, as well as understand when estrangement is the best option. It is at once a detailed framework for understanding sibling estrangement, a beacon of solidarity and comfort for the estranged, and a moving memoir about family trauma, addiction, grief, and recovery.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Chapman (Motherland) chronicles her efforts to mend a decades-long split with her older brother, Scott, in this moving tale. In 1990, when she was in her mid-30s and her brother Scott in his early 40s, Chapman writes, her brother abruptly stopped speaking to her. They didn't communicate for two decades, until Chapman's mother encouraged her to reach out. In reconnecting, it became clear that she and Scott, who were emotionally abused and neglected by a "tyrannical father" and an "unknowable mother" who survived the Holocaust, had to reckon with shared childhood trauma, determine whether their relationship could be saved, and reestablish trust. (As to the cause of their rift, Scott said he didn't know why he cut things off.) The nature of sibling estrangement, Chapman writes, is different from that of estrangement from a parent, as it engenders a loss "so deep that it alters who we are and what we become" and "feels like a chronic rejection and betrayal." Chapman's at her best when speaking about the vulnerability required of both sister and brother to repair their relationship. This reflective tale both captivates and educates. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Chapman, Fern Schumer.
Brothers and sisters -- Family relationships.
Brothers and sisters -- Psychological aspects.
Interpersonal relations.
Alienation (Social psychology)
Publisher New York :2021
Language English
Description 292 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780525561699
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