Last month, I trekked down to Brooklyn to chat with one of my high-school classmates about her debut novel, Her: A Memoir. I went to school with Christa Parravani and her identical twin sister, Cara, and the book chronicles the time leading up to and following Cara’s death.
Along with talking quite a bit about the book, we waxed nostalgic for a little while about high school and laughed about some of the weirder aspects of earning a living by stringing words together. I had pitched the interview as an author profile for Metroland the excellent alt-weekly of New York’s Capital Region where we both grew up (and where I spent several years as a staff writer), and I think the final piece turned out well. The experience was also a nice reminder of how good it feels to step outside the realm of geekery every so often.
Here’s an excerpt from the profile:
Early in Her: A Memoir, author Christa Parravani shares a disconcerting fact that came to her attention shortly after her twin sister, Cara, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2006.
“I researched our situation and read somewhere that that 50 percent of twins follow their identical twin into death within two years,” she writes. “That statistic did not discriminate among cancer, suicide, or accident. The second twin goes by illness or the intolerable pain of loneliness.”
And therein lies the inspiration for Her, the former Capital Region resident’s debut memoir that explores the shared life she led with her twin sister, and the circumstances leading up to—and following—Cara’s death. As her story makes painfully clear, the anguish of losing a sibling can take an even greater toll when every look in the mirror is a reminder of what you’ve lost.
You can read the rest of the article at Metroland.net.