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The Girls: A Novel by Lori Lansens

The Girls: A Novel (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Lori Lansens

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Title:The Girls: A Novel
Authors:Lori Lansens
Info:Back Bay Books (2007), Paperback, 368 pages
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The Girls by Lori Lansens (2005)


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I loved this novel, written as the autobiography of Rose Darlen, a 29-year-old Canadian woman who was born in a small Ontario town (just across the border from Detroit) during a tornado, inoperably joined to the head of her twin, Ruby. Ruby writes some chapters, too. The girls' situation, as their adoptive mother Aunt Lovey terms it, is, indeed, rare and amazing and certainly very challenging. But not tragic. Not really. Rose and Ruby live lives that are, in many ways, full -- full of love and experiences and accomplishments. They have very distinct personalities and interests. Lansens' wonderfully written story made me think a lot about deformities and "situations" that seem almost impossible to contemplate. I found myself searching the internet for cases of conjoined twins, some of which were even stranger and harder to fathom than Rose and Ruby's situation. I felt sort of like a voyeur. But I couldn't help it. Rose and Ruby are characters who, I think, will stay with me. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them, and I was sad to let them go. ( )
  DonnaCallea | Nov 29, 2014 |
"Lori Lansens at her finest! An extraordinary story - with a blend of tragedy and comedy will demonstrate how to live life to the fullest no matter the challenges, capturing every moment! " ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
Read this 2 yrs ago!
I'd had it for ages, read the blurb and started to read.
Loved it ! About a set of cranio-pagus ( joined at the head ) twins called Rose and Ruby.
Rose writes most of their story first then Ruby gradually takes over as Rose' s health deteriorate s.
Loved their Aunt Lovey . So practical and strong. Wish
I either knew her or was her.
Got me through a really traumatic time... and after having rewritten this review from my notes think
I'm going to try and get it again. ( )
  RuthieD | Jul 9, 2014 |
It took me a long time to read this novel. I was more than a bit skitterish getting into it, which says much about its power. I came to feel as though I really knew and cared about these two women, conjoined (crainiopagus) twins Rose and Ruby. Each was vividly drawn, along with those who peopled their world. I came to the end of the novel with tremendous sadness, feeling as though ending it deprived me of two dear friends. It's an excellent and worthwhile work of fiction. ( )
  CandaceVan | Apr 16, 2013 |
Half friendship story, half family drama--because in this case it's the friendship and family dynamic between two sisters, who happen to be conjoined twins. Their respective personalities show through their writings (it's easy to tell, not just through the font changes, which character is talking at any point), and you really root for things to work out well for them. Heartfelt drama without being melodramatic. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316066346, Paperback)

Rarely has the experience of being a sister been so poignantly and memorably captured as in Lori Lansens's triumphant novel. The Girls celebrates life's fundamental joys and trials as it presents Rose and Ruby, sisters destined to live inseparably but blessed with distinct sensibilities that enrich and complicate their shared experiences-of growing up, of finding their way in the world, of saying good-bye.Readers who encounter the girls will find it hard to resist falling under their spell.

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One of the world's oldest living craniopagus conjoined twins at the approach of her thirtieth birthday, bookish Rose Darlen attempts to pen her autobiography while remembering the joys and challenges of her life with sister Ruby, with whom she shares friendships in their small hometown.… (more)

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