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A Sister Ago, by Caitlin Buhr

After Christine’s younger sister passed away suddenly last year, she closed off that chapter, having navigated through the stages of grief. Focused on her role at a Seattle-based social services nonprofit, she prefers not to dwell on the painful past.

However, her routine takes an unexpected turn when Keji, a grad student, reaches out with unsettling news. Walter, the eerie therapist Christine consulted a few times, is gossiping about her and has even shared her phone number with Keji.

As Christine and Keji delve deeper, they uncover a disturbing connection beyond Walter. Keji’s family has also experienced a tragedy, raising questions about the strange coincidence that brought them together. Could there be a reason behind Walter’s actions, linking the sorrows they’ve both endured?

In a narrative intertwining loss, friendship, and the challenges of modern adulthood, Christine grapples with unraveling the mystery surrounding her sister’s demise. A Sister Ago serves as a poignant reminder that no family is truly “normal,” each harboring its unique complexities. Will Christine finally find the courage to confront her past?

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