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THE GIRLS By: Lori Lansens April 7, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     As you will see, the Lycan Librarian has not yet completely shifted gears away from medical curiosities. And it’s a happy thing, too, because you are about to be introduced to a truly wonderful novel about conjoined twins who are joined at the head by a spot the size of a bread plate. Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as “the girls” in the small farming community where they live. Abandoned by their mother at birth, they are raised by a Slovak couple, and now, nearing their 30th birthday, they are history’s oldest craniopagus twins. Rose decides they must leave a record of their lives, so insists they begin keeping a journal. Ruby does so reluctantly, and the result exhibits and magnifies the differences between two people who have absolutely no physical means of escaping from each other.
     Lansens creates a realistic and touching portrait in this 2006 book that shows the girls’ naivety and their unusual insight, and the reader is awed as they follow the twins while they make friends, fall in love, go to their jobs, deal with their parents and, like any other young girls, try to follow their dreams. The Lycan Librarian read this novel when it first came out, and has been enthusiastically recommending it ever since. And most of those readers have gone on to recommend it to others. There is no higher praise for a book.



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