The Worst Things We Do, We Do To Our Sisters


For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Briallen Hopper writes about what it means to be a sister:

The five of us live in four states on two coasts, and over the decades we have done devastating and unforgettable things to each other. We’ve professed our dislike for each other; we’ve unfriended and blocked each other; we’ve abandoned the family to move far away; we’ve dropped out; we’ve blacked out; we’ve needed to be bailed out; we’ve decided not to invite each other to our weddings; we’ve used that gentle patronizing tone that grates like a shredder; we’ve gone straight for the jugular; we’ve broken each other’s codependent hearts.

Lyz's writing has been published in the New York Times Motherlode, Jezebel, Aeon, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book on midwestern churches is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. She has her MFA from Lesley and skulks about on Twitter @lyzl. Lyz is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board and a full-time staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review. More from this author →