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The Girls (2005)

de Lori Lansens

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The girls, Rose and Ruby Darlen, were born joined at the head 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.
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I just finished listening to "The Girls" in the car and I loved it. I had no idea about Lori Lansens, originally from just down the road, nor about this book. The writing was exquisite at times and plain when it needed to be. I fell in love with the twins and their messy, real, fascinating lives. The Aunt Lovey and Uncle Stash "you" expression of love was just heartbreaking. If you have ever felt that everyone was staring at you, because you were missing a tooth, had a limp or just had crazy hair you'll love this story of two girls who overcame adversity to live full lives. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
Not the best book of the year but notable nonetheless. It's about conjoined twins and the concept is that one is writing her autobiography and her sister pipes in every so often with her chapters. The author handles the different POV's well and gives each girl a unique voice. I was actually very impressed with how different the girls seemed, knowing that Lansens was writing every chapter. The story itself felt a bit weak at times, especially with one sister in particular, but overall I really liked this one. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
One of my favorite books I've read so far in 2020. Come to think of it, the other book I loved this much in 2020 was also about twin girls -- The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine. ( )
  HeatherMoss | Jul 1, 2020 |
Rose and Ruby Darlen have grown up in the small town of Leaford in Baldoon County, Ontario. Despite being twins, they’ve always striven to be different, refusing to wear the same clothes and cultivating different hobbies. Rose loves books, writing, and watching sports. Ruby is the pretty one, interested in magazines and TV, but also obsessed with the history and artefacts of the Neutral Nation peoples who once lived in their area. The girls’ lives have been simple: they grew up with their Aunt Lovey and Uncle Stash in a big old farmhouse on the outskirts of town and now share a bungalow in Leaford itself. In many ways they are perfectly ordinary. And yet, in one of the most significant ways, they are utterly extraordinary. For Rose and Ruby are craniopagus conjoined twins, joined at the skull. And as the book begins, they are twenty-nine: if they can only reach thirty, they will be the oldest living pair of craniopagus twins (not actually true: see penultimate paragraph). Taking it in turns, they embark on a joint memoir (Ruby being somewhat coerced into it) and Lansens’s absorbing, beautifully-crafted novel draws us into their remarkable lives...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2020/01/31/the-girls-lori-lansens/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Feb 14, 2020 |
This is a fictional memoir of conjoined twins, sad and sweet. It is also the love story of their adoptive parents. Each twin writes her own part and part of the fascination is how two people joined at the head can still see events so differently. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
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“The Girls” glides by like a watercolor dream, finding its poetry in dailiness and the universalities of human desire and connection...
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The girls, Rose and Ruby Darlen, were born joined at the head 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.

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