The Girls by Lori Lansens
A Novel

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In Lansens's second novel, readers come to know Rose and Ruby, 29-year-old conjoined twins. When one of the girls decides to write her autobiography, the distinct personalities of the two emerge to reveal their contradictory longing for independence and their unwavering togetherness.
 

About Lori Lansens

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Lori Lansens has written several films and is the author of the novel Rush Home Road. This is her second book. She lives in Toronto.
 
Published May 2, 2006 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Arts & Photography, Erotica. Fiction

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Ruby and Rose Darlen are joined side by side at the head.

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The Guardian

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They therefore begin - Rose with lyrical urgency on her much-prized laptop, Ruby labouring away with matter-of-fact reluctance on a yellow legal pad - to set down their own interpretations of their life story.

Aug 26 2006 | Read Full Review of The Girls: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Rose shares her darkest memory (public humiliation during a visit to their Slovakian-born Uncle Stash's hometown) and her deepest regret, while Ruby, the prettier, more practical twin, who writes at her sister's insistence, offers critical details, such as what prompted Rose to write their life s...

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BC Books

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When you pick up a novel about conjoined twins, you might expect a curiosity, a glimpse of a life un...

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BC Books

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Though infrequent, Ruby's contributions add layers of pathos and humour to Rose's unfolding narrative, and I found myself looking forward to the chapters, which are printed in a different typeface, though they need no such flag to differentiate their unique voices.

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BC Books

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Though Ruby's shortened body and clubbed feet mean that the more normally proportioned Rose must carry her and do the walking for both, Rose's face is the one distorted by their conjoinment.

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NPR

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Book Reporter

Meet Rose and Ruby Darlen.

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The Bookbag

The Girls is a book which not only prompts you to think about serious issues, but also makes you feel like you're reading a proper story rather than some flitty, superficial chick lit.

Nov 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Girls: A Novel

USA Today

They need mirrors throughout their house to see each other's faces, and they battle a variety of health problems as well as the emotions of youth.Luckily, the girls have Aunt Lovey, the nurse who takes them in when their teenage mother flees soon after giving birth, and Uncle Stash, Lovey's Slova...

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Gather Books

Now 29 years old, The Girls have lived much longer than the doctors predicted and, with their 30th birthday approaching, Rose decides to write the story of her life, convincing the reluctant Ruby to do the same.Told in the alternating voices of Rose and Ruby, Lori Lansens' The Girls is a haunting...

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Curled Up

Although Rose and Ruby deeply love each other - and are connected with an energy that is not only physical but also acutely spiritual - there .

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Large Print Reviews

More important, while joined, each has striven to live as much of an independent life a life as possible from the other.

Jun 07 2006 | Read Full Review of The Girls: A Novel

BookRack

As conjoined twins it was certainly not the easiest of childhoods and was fascinating enough to make it interesting to read how these two girls, joined at the cranium coped with everything life threw at them.

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Flamingnet

At many points in the story, the book is treated like a diary in which the sisters explain what is going on in their lives at the time the book being written.

Jun 04 2006 | Read Full Review of The Girls: A Novel

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