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Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Girls by Lori Lansens

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN: 0316066346
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
I first heard about The Girls by Lori Lansens on the blog of my friend Terri. (You can read her thoughts about it here.) Shortly after Terri read the book another friend of mine read it and also loved it. So after two people who I respect read and loved the book I had to give it a go. The Girls tells the story of conjoined twins Ruby and Rose right before they are to celebrate their 30th birthday. A day that will put them in the history books as the oldest surviving Craniopagus twins…that is conjoined twins that are joined at the head. Rose and Ruby have been attached since birth and yet they’ve never been able to face each other. They face many difficulties growing up but in many ways they manage to survive better then most people. Rose and Ruby are best friends and as close as sisters can be…and like all friends/sisters they share and they fight and they make up.

As their 30th birthday approaches Ruby gets the idea that she and Rose should write down their biography. For even though they live in a small town they have lived a remarkable life. The narrative of the story goes back and forth between the two twins….and it is very clear from the start that they are two different people. Their personalities shine through as they each tell about their growing up years. There are times in which the girls will talk about the same event but they each will put a different spin on things. Or one twin will go into greater detail then the other because the subject matter is too difficult to write about.

I found The Girls to be a wonderfully gripping story filled with such prose and beauty. Lori Lansens does an amazing job of not only brining to life Rose and Ruby but in also talking about the difficulties that conjoined twins face trying to make it through eash day. I was so glad to have read this story. To mean this book wasn’t about fictious words on a page. Instead it read as a biography, Ruby and Rose were both real people to me. I could picture them as I read their words. I could almost hear their voices. This was an amazing read and one that I highly recommend.

3 Responses to “The Girls by Lori Lansens”

  1. Tricia

    I keep hearing such good things about this book. I bought it at a used book shop a few months ago and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for your review.

  2. alis

    I am interested in knowing more about Lori Lansens background. In particular her knowledge of Slovakian customs and more specifically the ritual of hot lead pouring over cold water