Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Girls by Lori Lansens

Another great Canadian book - "The Girls" is written by a Canadian author and set in Chatham, Ontario. "The Girls" is written from the perspective of 29-year-old conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen as they look back on their short, but extraordinary lives. When reading this work of fiction, you may find yourself (as I did) becoming so engrossed in the lives of these remarkable women that you start to believe that this is really an autobiography.

"Though we may approach The Girls with the curiosity of carnival-goers, what’s behind the curtain is not the spectacle we expected. Ruby and Rose Darlen are sisters, unutterably dear to one another, who happen to be conjoined. The interesting fact of their conjoinment is ultimately upstaged by a truth that has two faces: first, that love is the “common blood supply” that binds us to our dear ones through attachments seen and unseen; second, that sometimes the physical “truth” is beside the point. The Girls is beautifully rendered, a wonderful, funny, heartbreaking tale."
Nancy Fischer (Books in Canada)

I have also been told Lori Lansens' debut novel "Rush Home Road" is even better than "The Girls".

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