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Length: 466 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This unusual novel is so satisfying...a graceful meditation on partnership identity and enduring love (The TIMES)

An immensely readable novel, compelling and convincing. The Girls is an enchanting blend of the extraordinary and the everyday (New Statesman)

Perfectly pitched... an utterly heartwarming tale, without any traces of mawkishness. Anyone with a sister will relate to this (Book of the Month - Marie Claire)

Beautifully written and deeply moving, it's unforgettable (IMAGE MAGAZINE)

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'An immensely readable novel, compelling and convincing. The Girls is an enchanting blend of the extraordinary and the everyday'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006E0XO58
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Don't miss this book, it's one of this year's greats.

Rose and Ruby Darlen are joined at the tops of their heads. After their birth on the night of a freak tornado, they are adopted by Lovey, the nurse who delivered them, and Stash, her Slovakian husband.

As they grow up in the Canadian province of Ontario, we follow the ups and downs of their lives as narrated by both sisters, though mainly by Rose who decides to write her autobiography.

The sisters have distinct personalities, likes and dislikes, and their life is often a compromise.

The book is full of woderful characters, typical of small town life and is quite simply a delight to read.

I have only one complaint about this book and that relates to the cover design which shows the legs of two children dangling in water. As ruby had withered legs and clubbed feet that did not reach the ground, the illustration is totally unrelated to the book.

I have a copy of Ms Lansen's previous book, 'Rush Home Road', on my shelf and I will definately be reading that some time soon.
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Don't be put off by the girly jacket design or the potentially squeamish subject matter - this is a wonderful story, really well told. It describes the small town rural setting brilliantly and draws you into the twins' lives - their own particular struggles as well as the more general heartaches of life - with great subtlety. The way Lansens gives each twin a distinctive voice really works and despite the diary format you also get a wonderful sense of their friends, family and community. There are twists and surprises along the way so the story keeps moving at a good pace and the ending is just brilliant. Overall a great read that really makes you think (and cry).
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I was intrigued by the unusual story of conjoined twins and how they lived, the challenges they faced on a daily basis and right from the first paragraph (which was beautifully crafted i must say) I scolded myself for pitying these girls who felt so blessed to have been given this life! This book is a very open, honest, book with inspirational characters who will make you laugh and cry. This book made me take a look at my life and appreciate things that we take for granted every day. I would definitely recommend it but possibly more of a girls book than a bloke's read?
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Missing presumed dead, the young Larry Merkel was reportedly the first causality of the giant tornado that touched down one afternoon in the small town of Leaford in Southern Ontario. The citizens also blamed the sudden death of Dr. Ruttle on the storm, the stress from the tornado purportedly inducing his massive heart attack.

Even more bizarre is the precipitous arrival of Ruby and Rose Darlen - the world's longest surviving conjoined craniopagus twins - born on that fateful day in 1974. With their mother allegedly dying alone in Toronto of sepsis eight weeks postpartum, the twins were adopted by a kindly overweight nurse who was present at the birth, and one of the only people who didn't freak out at the sight of them.

Almost at once, Aunt Lovey falls in love with these fragile and delicate young girls and together with her Canadian Slovakian husband, raises them on their bucolic and isolated farm, trying to give them as normal lives as possible. As they grow older, the girls are determined not to let their situation get the better of them, and are reasonably accepted by the townsfolk of Leaford.

Rose and Ruby are taught to be independent and they pour themselves into school and helping out around the farm. As adults, they obtain employment at the local library, shelving books and reading to school groups. Rose discovers she has a talent for writing - a straight A student she embarks on a novel about her life and is told by Aunt Lovey to write her story fearlessly, "not just as a conjoined twin but as a human being and as a woman.
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I would never have picked up this book due to the cover and the subject matter, i thought it would be a sickly sweet story with characters i could'nt relate to. Because it was in the richard and judy book club i gave it a go and i am so glad i did. It is written so well that you really believe in these characters i could not put it down. I loved the way the twins had a sense of humour about themselves and their day to day life, i loved their personality differences and their little rows. The way the story is slowly revealed through each twin writing different chapters from their point of view keeps you gripped until the very end which. I have to say they had me in tears several times which to me is the sign of a really good read. Please ignore the bad reviews and give this book a chance you will love it.
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Rose and Ruby Darlen are Siamese twins - they have never seen each other because they are craniopagus twins - joined at the head. They are totally different and but one and the same. Their story could be sentimental but it is never that - it is the account of the people who love them and their extradordinary life and is beautifully written. The book is a double autobiogrpahy - Ruby and then Rose taking it in turns to write about their very individual views of their cojoined lives. There are surprises,(one of which comes completely out of left field) and there is great sadness but you really do not want the book to end. When a novel like this takes you and places you in a fictional world as well as this does you know you have something special. Thank you Lori Lansens and the Richard and Judy Book Club for choosing it!
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