Juno and Juliet by Julian Gough

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With this irresistibly fresh debut about a set of twins in their first year of college in Ireland, Julian Gough ("Roddy Doyle in an extremely good mood." —The Washington Post Book World) has established himself as Ireland's most delightful new voice in fiction.
Juno and Juliet Taylor are both beautiful blondes, but Juliet is convinced that Juno is the more beautiful, as well as the more intelligent, charming, worldly, and wise. Yet neither feels any sense of rivalry, which is good, given that their freshman year turns out to be more than either could handle alone. Juno has an erratic artist for a boyfriend and is stalked by a pervert who sends anonymous letters. And Juliet is in love with her grad-student tutor, who is stymied by her youth and preoccupied with his dying father. Hilarious and tender, ribald and smart, Juno & Juliet is a refreshing romp with two sisters whose love and devotion are infectious.

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About Julian Gough

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Gough is founder of the underground rock band Toasted Heretic and is renowned in Ireland for his sardonic wit in print and on television.
Published August 22, 2009 by Anchor. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Juliet, meanwhile, is introduced to the edifying joys of literature, and though no specific books are mentioned, the tutorials of David Hennessey and his teaching style—Socratic hip, with a dose of irony—are evidently rapturous: Juliet falls hard for the dashingly romantic, inwardly sad instructo...

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There is one dark area in this ostensibly carefree narrative: someone is writing obscene and threatening letters to women on campus, including Juno and, later, Juliet.

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Gough's novel is a genuine and generous portrayal of a place and its inhabitants, and with it he takes his place as part of a younger generation of comedic Irish novelists—including Joseph O'Connor and Anne Enright—who are becoming better known on these shores.

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