Sister Mother Husband Dog
Her sister might be the famous one, but it is Delia Ephron that has the wit so sharp that it prods and needles and even trips you up. In her latest autobiographical book of essays, "Sister Mother Husband Dog Etc." the New Yorker delights in her daily life. Her fantastical honesty about herself, her epic family stories and the infusion of doggie stories are totally memorable, and you'd want your whole household to read them all. Right now please.
Even Lena Dunham, the apparent voice of this generation maybe, liked the book (not on Facebook) with a quote from her on the cover. Delia Ephron, similar to her famous sister, has the gift of writing a story, an all-encompassing, all consuming kind of story that is written the way you want to read everything in life: Smart, witty and earnest. Not unlike her other books, like "How to Eat Like a Child" and "Frannie in Pieces" and "Hanging Up," her latest is equally funny and heartfelt.
Delia and her sister Nora (from "Sleepless in Seattle" fame of course) worked together on scripts for film and theatre and even life. Their bond, so visceral and familiar, rattles as Nora passes away. Delia, the soft heart, uses this as the seed for this very book, dealing with her loss, and the tragedy of no longer having a certain sibling specifically in the essay "On Losing Nora." But it's not just dark and cloudy; the book holds its tummy from roaring laughter in essays about hair crises and "Bakeries" on the fresh goods available downtown New York.
The writer caresses religion with an "I practice Ephron" and skips happily to discuss the love for her sister (again Nora of course) and the rest of the clan, she oozes and gets sentimental about her dog, a fluffy white Havanese named Honey Pansy Cornflower Bernice Mambo - and then the book stops, unfortunately. It's too short you will cry, as I did. And let's hope this wonderful author writes the next book, next week?
"Sister Mother Husband Dog Etc."
Blue Rider Press
by Delia Ephron