Karen Green

Artist and writer reads from her new book
Karen Green Point Reyes Books
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 4:00pm
Point Reyes Books
11315 CA-1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


Free, donations welcome

Join us for a reception with artist and writer Karen Green, who launches her new book Frail Sister.

Karen will be bringing jars of her homemade jam and will be offering samples.


About Frail Sister 

Artist and writer Karen Green's second book originated in a search for a woman who had vanished: her Aunt Constance whom Green knew only from a few family photos and keepsakes. In her absence, Green has constructed an elliptical arrangement of artifacts from an untold life. In this rescued history, Green imagines for her aunt a childhood in which she is bold, reckless, perspicacious, mischievous; an adolescence ripe with desire and scarred by violation and loss; and an adulthood in which she strives to sing above the incessant din of violence.

Constance--one half of a sister duo put to work performing as musical prodigies in the dirt-poor town of Oil City, Pennsylvania. during the Great Depression--escapes as a teenager to the USO and tours a ravaged Italy during World War II. Soon after she returns to an unsparing life in New York City, she disappears. Green traces her dissolution in a deftly composed trove of letters Constance writes to her beloved sister and those she receives from dozens of men smitten by her stage persona, along with her drawings, collages and altered photographs.

Though told mostly from Constance's point of view, Frail Sister is also haunted by the voices of the transient, the absent and the dead. The letters (a few real, many invented) expose not only the quotidian reality of war but also the ubiquitous brutality it throws into relief.

Nimble, darkly funny and poignant, Frail Sister is possessed by the disappeared, giving voice to the voiceless, bringing into a focus a life disintegrating at every edge.

About Karen Green

Karen Green lives in Northern California.  A self-taught artist, Karen has been making things with her hands since she can remember having hands.

Karen Green: Frail Sister Cover Image
By Karen Green (Artist)
ISBN: 9781938221194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Siglio Press - October 23rd, 2018