Sister Language, nonfiction by Christina Baillie & Martha Baillie (Pedlar Press, 2019)
Publication date 1 September 2019
ISBN 978-1-897141-98-4 || $24
Sister Language is a collaboration, composed mainly of letters and other writings, between two sisters, one of whom, Christina, is schizophrenic. As this unusual book unfolds, a “bridge” of prose nonpareil is slowly, lovingly, built, connecting the sisters to each other and their readers, drawing one of them out of her deep isolation.
“A playful duet, a radiant howl, a swirling portrait of schizophrenia and sisterhood—this beautiful, wildly-groomed book magnifies two brilliant minds in motion. It is a story of what happens when ‘everyday’ language mutinies and shatters, leaving a fragile chimera of coherence. But mostly it’s a tale of unshakable, vulnerable, writerly love that brought me to tears.” – Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life