"My Sister Life is a box of dark treasures. It is a beautifully wrought story of the way things go wrong and the way people survive and exploit their detours of fate. Maria Flook writes with breathtaking artistry and precision. This memoir holds you in troubling and unpredictable ways. It is a mesmerizing work of nonfiction."
–James Ellroy, author of LA Confidential
"This disturbing book by one of the most powerful American writers at work today takes us through the ricocheting doppelgangering lives of two sisters and their eerie shipwreck shadows. I wished very much this book were fiction, but it is not."
"A strange, beautiful and startling original work, which will alter and expand its genre: a memoir with all the virtues of the real and the imagined. In edgy inventive prose, Maria Flook writes in both her own voice and in that of her sister who disappeared into the world of prostitution at fourteen, showing the connections which entwine them through their separate experiences–the way in which her sister’s life is her own. As in Family Night and Open Water, Flook reaches down into dark waters and emerges with an astonishing trove, glinting with treasure."