Monika Feth: Fay – We’ll always be sisters. cbj Jugendbücher (Paperback, United Kingdom, Great Britain)

Fay – We’ll always be sisters

Original Title: Fee

Recommended age group: 14 +
Paperback, 192 pages, 12.5 x 18.3 cm, 4.9 x 7.2 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-30010-7
€ 7.00 [D] | € 7.20 [A] | CHF 10.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: cbj Jugendbücher

Date of publication: April 1, 2002
This title is available.



Rights sold to: The Netherlands, Denmark, Korea, Taiwan

Monika  Feth - Fay – We’ll always be sisters


The book's focus is on Claire who is on holiday with her boyfriend Jost, motorbiking in Scotland. They have rented a small log cabin on Lake Mentheith, enjoying each other's company and the rugged Scottish landscape with its unique light. On this trip, she has the chance to read her mother's journal recounting the final years of Claire's sister Fay.
It is here, far from home, that Claire is able to come to terms with the loss of her sister who died only recently at the young age of 19. Until she was four years old, Fay had developed normally. In fact, she had been something of a model child. But suddenly, she develops strange mannerisms and becomes increasingly aggressive. Her mother takes her to the doctor, but nobody is able to tell what is wrong with her. Finally, the family is told that Fay suffers from Mucopolysaccharidosis, a little known fatal digestive disorder caused by the malfunctioning of an enzyme. With little compassion, the doctor informs the family that their child will ultimately become completely debilitated and will die before the age of 15. Fay does indeed loose her ability to speak as well as her motor capacities. She has to be fed and becomes completely dependant on outside help. But the family refuses to send her to an institution, insisting to take care of her at home. Despite her waning ability to communicate, they are able to keep in touch with her on an emotional level. Everyone is prepared to loose Fay, except Claire.

"Fay--We'll Always Be Sisters" tells the story of first love, and the resolution of the loss of her sister. Thus the narrator is able to maintain a surprising lightness, despite the narrative's tragic undertone. Claire's memories aren't told in a linear fashion but intermittently, gradually allowing the reader to piece together Fay's story like a mosaic. This is a painful process, but, at the same time, it involves a great deal of love and tenderness.


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