About the Book
Letters From My Sister is a memoir of our lives in progress
comprising a collection of correspondence. Our offbeat adventures
run the gamut from men to careers to hair removal, and we
blame all our frustrations and fears on our Jewish mother
who used to buy an entire tongue pickled from the butcher.
She’d plop the whole organ down on the table like
an autopsy. We were traumatized by that tongue.
Our book began with a simple letter about a bad job interview
or a bad hair day, seeking comfort from hundreds of miles
away. One letter plus its response became two, two turned
into four, and we then accumulated more than 100 over the
course of a year. During this time, we shared our struggles
and became each other’s role models as we talked about
careers and relationships and reassured ourselves that we
are not alone in our search for the ultimate man (a big,
buff, macho, kind, sensitive, feminist), the ideal job or
the perfect hair removal method. (“Plucking is definitely
the way to go for leg hair,” recommends Faye. “It
also serves as a good substitute for a nine-to-five job.”)
We were independent but not quite adult, pursuing a career
but not yet “career women.” We worried about
clothes and makeup, but still expected to be taken seriously;
wanted a boyfriend but yearned for female role models; and
we learned to face our challenges head-on, hoping to emerge
as strong and sensitive, smart and sexy, feisty yet feminine.
Though we confront our femininity, we are not confined by
it; rather, we use it as a prism to critique many aspects
of modern society including the corporate world, technology,
academia, gender roles, urban living and familial relationships.
Even though Faye and I lived apart, we grew closer together,
and an unbreakable bond emerged as our lives unfolded. Through
our correspondence, we relate stories and reveal secrets
in a way that only sisters can—with a raw openness
and honesty derived from a lifetime of shared experiences
that surpasses the bond of best friends.