Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 7 February 2007.
This is one of the most intensely moving and original novels I’ve read in a while. The girls of the title are conjoined twins, at the head, so although they’ve never been able to look at each other eye to eye, they have always done everything together. The author weaves a heart-rending and yet heart-warming tale of incredible love and devotion, which is by turns funny, enchanting and tender. The quality of the writing is superb, the storyline so unusual yet utterly compelling you’ll need to shut yourself away from the hubbub of life to enjoy it at its best. A real treat is instore. If you enjoy this one, then why not try Lori’s debut novel Rush Home Road, published 3 or 4 years ago – quite different but a stunning and eloquent debut
'I have never looked into my sister's eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon. I've never used an aeroplane bathroom. Or worn a hat. Or been kissed like that...So many things I've never done, but oh, how I've been loved. And, if such things were to be, I'd live a thousand times as me, to be loved so exponentially' The girls, Rose and Ruby Darlen, were both joined at the head (craniopagus twins) in a rural farming community in 1974. Abandoned by their frightened teenage mother, they are adopted by the eccentric nurse who attended their birth, and her husband, a gentle immigrant butcher. The sisters attempt to lead a normal life, but can't help being extraordinary. Now almost thirty, Rose and Ruby are on the verge of becoming the oldest living craniopagus twins in history. Rose has a passion for writing, and The Girls is her version of life as a conjoined twin. Rose and Ruby are attached at the head, but their struggles and triumphs remind us that connection is central to us all.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||11th January 2007|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Lori Lansens was a successful screenwriter before she wrote her first novel Rush Home Road, which has been translated into eight languages and published in eleven countries. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, she now lives in Los Angeles.More About Lori Lansens