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Riot Recommendation: Sibling Rivalry



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carry the oneThis installment of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Carry the One by Carol Anshaw. Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next twenty-five years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment.


A good sibling story is tough to beat: there’s the intimacy of family, the competition of rivals, and questions of identity. Often siblings make the greatest sacrifices for each other and often commit the bitterest betrayals.

So elemental is the sibling relationship that such stories are at the heart of the world’d great storytelling traditions–Cain and Abel and the Olympians foremost among them.

So, for this Riot Recommendation, what are some of your favorite stories about siblings?