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“This astonishingly candid memoir explores a lifetime of memories, emotions, incidents, challenges and triumphs.   It’s a wonderful book.  I read it twice.”

—Emily Perl Kingsley, parent, Emmy-winning writer, author of Welcome to Holland

Edna’s Gift is the exquisite story of sisters caught in a lifelong struggle for healing and wholeness, buoyed by their undying love for one another, and faith in the power of family: to bring comfort in times of serious loss, and confidence when courage is needed most. It moved me profoundly, to laughter and tears, and deserves a place on your bookshelf alongside classic memoirs of sister love, including Elizabeth Lesser’s Marrow and Sheila Kohler’s Once We Were Sisters. I loved it.”

—Mark Matousek, author of The Boy He Left Behind and When You're Falling, Dive

“It is only by truly accepting the ways in which we are broken that we human beings can grow. Edna’s grace and indomitable spirit in spite of her many challenges will inspire readers as it inspired her sister, Susan—and proves that our life’s greatest teacher often turns out to be the person we least expect. Rudnick’s lovely and moving memoir of her own journey toward fully embracing Edna—and herself—is a gift to us all.”

—Barbara Graham, New York Times best-selling author of Eye of My Heart

“Two lives that forever intertwine will draw you in and keep you reading. Each is slightly broken but uniquely whole. As Susan says so aptly, ‘We can’t change the actual facts of our lives. Yet, like a kaleidoscope with the same number and kind of stones in it, with a flick of the wrist, we turn it ever so slightly, and the pattern rearranges itself and creates something new.’ This book will stay with me for a long time.”

—Kay Berry, An Administrator of MRKH Experiences, Advice and Support

“The relationship between “typical” and “special needs” siblings is complicated—often not reciprocal in the traditional sense and sometimes fraught with conflicting emotions, it can also bring unexpected riches. Susan Rudnick has given us an eloquently crafted exploration of how her life has been shaped by her sister. The result is an honest, insightful and love-filled memoir.”

—Theresa Sullivan, author of Mikey and Me: Life With My Exceptional Sister

“Susan Rudnick’s Edna’s Gift is a sensitive and powerful memoir of a sister’s love for and devotion to her developmentally disabled sister. When, as an adolescent, the author was diagnosed with a rare medical condition, MRKH syndrome, Edna turned out to be a beacon of light in the darkness. For anyone intrigued by the process of transformation, Edna’s Gift is a source of inspiration.”

—Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD, psychologist and author of Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You Your Kids and Yes, Your Ex

Edna’s Gift is an honest, unwavering love story between two sisters—one of whom has developmental delays. Rudnick’s writing had me hooked from the first page.”

—Linda Atwell, award-winning author of Loving Lindsey: Raising a Daughter with Special Needs

Susan delves into topics like the healing power of writing your story and the value and disadvantages of diagnosis.

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Culled from thousands of submissions, one of Susan’s haikus appears in New York City Haiku: From the Readers of The New York Times.

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Information for siblings of the disabled and living with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome.

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Susan’s memoir Edna’s Gift: How My Broken Sister Taught Me To Be Whole is available now!


For over forty years Susan Rudnick, LCSW, has been listening to people tell their stories in her Manhattan practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. In Edna’s Gift she tells hers. Susan, a Zen practitioner, has published haikus as well as articles about psychotherapy in professional journals. She and her husband live in Westchester NY, but often love to spend time at their cabin in the Catskills. Being a parent is her greatest joy.