Welcome to another installment of If My Book, the Monkeybicycle feature in which authors compare their recently released books to weird things. This week Rachel Cantor writes about Half-Life of a Stolen Sister, her new novel out now from Soho Press.
If Half-Life of a Stolen Sister were your childhood friend, she’d be the one voted least likely, now an influencer with a selfie stick
If Half-Life of a Stolen Sister were your family pet, she’d be a parrot, speaking in tongues
If Half-Life of a Stolen Sister were someone at your Thanksgiving table, he’d be the neighbor you didn’t invite, who proposes toasts, then cries in his glass
If Half-Life of a Stolen Sister were a holiday, it would be Purim, in disguise and eating sweets
If Half-Life of a Stolen Sister were a cartoon hero, it would be Casper, friendly but still very much a spook
If Half-Life of a Stolen Sister were a Halloween costume, it would be Mother Teresa in disco gear, Abe Lincoln singing a vaudeville song
Rachel Cantor is the author of the novels: Half-Life of a Stolen Sister (Soho Press 2023), Good on Paper (Melville House 2016), and A Highly Unlikely Scenario (Melville House 2014). Two dozen of her stories have been published in the Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere, and she has written about fiction for National Public Radio, the Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is writing a series of middle grade and young adult books set in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. www.rachelcantor.com and @rachelcantor on Twitter.