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Brother and Sister: A Memoir

Diane Keaton

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Alfred A Knopf
04 February 2020
Biography; Biography: general
When they were children in the suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1950s, Diane Keaton and her younger brother, Randy, were best friends and companions- they shared stories at night in their bunk beds; they swam, laughed, dressed up for Halloween. Their mother captured their American-dream childhoods in her diaries, and on camera. But as they grew up, Randy became troubled, then reclusive. By the time he reached adulthood, he was divorced, an alcoholic, a man who couldn't hold on to full-time work--his life a world away from his sister's, and from the rest of their family.

Now Diane is delving into the nuances of their shared, and separate, pasts to confront the difficult question of why and how Randy ended up living his life on the other side of normal. In beautiful and fearless prose that's intertwined with photographs, journal entries, letters, and poetry--many of them Randy's own writing and art--this insightful memoir contemplates the inner workings of a family, the ties that hold it together, and the special bond between siblings even when they are pulled far apart. Here is a story about love and responsibility- about how, when we choose to reach out to the people we feel closest to--in moments of difficulty and loss--surprising things can happen. A story with universal echoes, Brother & Sister speaks across generations to families whose lives have been touched by the fragility and otherness of loved ones--and to brothers and sisters everywhere.
By:   Diane Keaton
Imprint:   Alfred A Knopf
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   367g
ISBN:   9780451494504
ISBN 10:   0451494504
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   04 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

DIANE KEATON has starred in some of the most memorable films of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something's Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Then Again and the essay collection Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles.

Reviews for Brother and Sister: A Memoir

A resonant family memoir--a slim but weighty book. Keaton focuses on her complex relationship with her younger brother, whose escalating instability--vividly described--affected Keaton, her parents, and her two sisters. The author, who became the 'family documentarian' after her mother's death, utilizes family letters and journals to enhance the narrative . . . Keaton talks about the complexities of loving a brother she never quite knew; of watching him become consumed by alcohol and then 'falling into the process of dying'; and of wishing she had done more to help him . . . A haunting meditation on mortality, sibling love, mental illness, and regret. --Publishers Weekly Poignant . . an addition to Keaton's two previous works of memoir [in which] she strives to understand her troubled younger brother, Randy Hall. She recalls the pair at 5 and 3, sharing a bedroom; in the second part of the book she depicts the siblings sitting quietly, as Keaton holds her ailing brother's hand. In between these moments of intimacy, Keaton admits to long periods of estrangement from Randy, who 'took failure and wore it the way Hester Prynne wore her scarlet letter, ' spending an isolated life writing, collaging, drinking, and existing by grace of the support--financial and otherwise--of his parents and sisters . . . Keaton thoughtfully wrestles with her conscience while attempting to assemble a clearer picture of her brother's nature. She sheds her whimsical persona to explore difficult burdens, which those with an unstable sibling will recognize. --Kirkus


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