BROTHERS. They can take center stage and leave us to figure out what’s left. Or give us center stage, or share. Or leave us to grieve. Or leave us. Or ask us to marry them.
BROTHERS. They shape who we are. Are they younger or older? Sweet or troubled? Protective or ruthlessly competitive? Brilliant, privileged, absent. The answers become us.
BROTHERS and SISTERS. The Bible gives us very few of these dyads; Moses and Miriam stand out lovingly. Feminist authors, focused on sister sibs, have left the brother-sister pairs almost untouched.
BROTHERS. Let’s take five. An adored baby brother whose life takes a polarizing twist. A venerated big brother who venerates in return. A rejecting brother who will become his sister’s ward … but let’s not think about that yet. A sandwich of brothers who create, with their sister, something that holds up a house.
Here, four sisterly takes.