The Unbearable Likeness of Being
A writer confronts her own survival in a memoir about the death of her identical twin
I felt super proud of myself when I made it all the way to page 3, technically page 1, of Christa Parravani’s memoir her before I Googled “christa parravani.” Parravani, as she immediately reveals in the book, is a photographer whose identical twin sister is dead. But I wanted to know: Was the creepily captivating cover photo—of two women identically dressed as goth-chic Snow Whites—actually the author and her sister, Cara, before her death? Was the photo taken by the author herself? I found Parravani’s website and compared her publicity photos with the women on the cover. Yes, this was Parravani and her sister (a fact that, had I been less impatient, was revealed by the author on page 7). Yes, Parravani took the photograph.
her instantly became my reading obsession, and whether or not Parravani was aware of
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