The Girls: A Novel Hardcover – 2006
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Both of these readers are acclaimed actresses and assets to any narrative. Stephanie Zimbalist comes from a family of actors and has a lengthy as well as prestigious roster of acting credits. TV fans well remember her for her six year tenure as Laura Holt in Remington Steele. Now let's move on to her stage credits where we find her in The Cherry Orchard with Alfred Molina and the national tour of One and Only with Tommy Tune. Versatile? You Bet!
Lola Davidovich is familiar to many for her numerous cinema roles, including Gods and Monsters with Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave. She has an unforgettable voice, by turns rich and challenging.
Our story opens with Rose speaking: "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 airplane bathroom. Or worn a hat. Or been kissed like that. I've never driven a car. Or slept through the night. Never a private talk. Or solo walk. I've never climbed a tree. Or faded into a crowd. 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 lives as me, to be loved so exponentially. "
One can scarcely imagine what it would be like to be a twin, let alone a conjoined twin. Yet, Lori Lansens has crafted an amazing story of great personal courage, love, and a yearning for independence. In this tale Rosie and Ruby are the world's oldest conjoined twins with remarkable lives to share.
Listen and be moved by their extraordinary experiences.
- Gail Cooke
Conjoined at the head, Rose and Ruby have a symbiotic relationship. Yet, for all their symbiosis, they are two very different and unique individuals. When Rose, who has a penchant for writing, decides to write her memoir, Ruby decides to add her two cents and write some chapters herself. This book is the story of their lives.
Written as two parallel stories, the author makes the voice of each twin distinct. Each of their narratives is redolent of the personality and world view of the twin writing the chapter. This is difficult to do, and the author succeeds brilliantly. This is certainly a book that will keep the reader turning the pages, At times heartbreakingly poignant, the book is infused with humor and wit, as well as a strong reminder that life is what one makes of it. Bravo!
The Girls is a diary told in two voices--Rose's and Ruby's. Rose encourages her sister to contribute to what will become their life story and although she does most of the writing, both characters come to life as they observe the lives of everyone they meet, sharing their innermost thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams with the reader. I found myself so connected to Rose and Ruby that I didn't want their story to end, and when it did, I was left with a bittersweet ache for more.
The first paragraph reads like pure, sweet poetry that is sure to haunt any reader; it is what first grabbed me and pulled at my heart. The Girls opens like this:
"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 airplane 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 lives as me, to be loved so exponentially.Read more ›
The two women (Rose and Ruby) rarely stray into the 'inspirational cripple' model that's found so often in media images of disabled people. Instead, they come across as human - with faults, flaws and even farts!
More than that, they reveal desires, fears, and hopes that help make them fully-fleshed out characters rather than circus caricatures.
I recommend this book highly and without reservation. It was a pure delight to read.
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Great read. Had to buy it as i had borowed it a few years ago and wanted to read it again. It is just that good. I love the canadian content!!!Published 2 months ago by Cathleen Sinclair
This is an exquisite book, so compellingly sad, full of heart, and moving. By far the best of the author's work. Highly recommended!Published 9 months ago by Emily Saunders
Read this book as part of a book club. I didn't keep my attention. Finished it solely out of duty.Published 14 months ago by Kris
The book was used but in great condition. I liked the storyPublished 14 months ago by Janette Bernhart
I was enthralled with this story right from the start. The author must have done a lot of research as it all seems so real and gives a good insight into the lives of con joined... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2014 by C. A. Williams
Lori Larsens' The Girls is a novel about twin sisters - conjoined twins - who are born and raised by their adoptive "Aunt" and "Uncle" in southwestern Ontario. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2012 by Kadi Kaljuste
I have just finished one of the tattiest paper backs that I have ever read - and enjoyed every page of it, even the loose ones which I have had to chase after as they have... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2012 by the brolly dolly
I read The Girls by Lori Lansens a couple of months ago but, now that I can comment on it, I feel compelled to contribute to its publicity! Read morePublished on May 30 2011 by Reader Writer Runner
I loved this book! So much that I had to pass it along to friends. The girls will engross you with their life story, though fiction, it feels real. Read morePublished on June 3 2010 by Carrie A. Harfman