April 21st, 2011
This is a story about sisters, who like many siblings, have very distinct and different personalities, likes and dislikes, goals, and levels of ambition. Unlike most siblings, the sisters Rose and Ruby are conjoined twins. Rose, the writer, is determined to tell her (their) story and so she coerces the very reticent Ruby to help her by writing some of the chapters. The only rule that Rose sets forth is that they are not to read each other’s chapters.
The Girls is their story, and although it’s a novel, you might be inclined to want to believe it’s a biography, or more correctly, a pair of biographies. Lansens brings us a most unusual coming-of-age story about sisters who truly love each other and about the small circle of people who inhabit their small town life.
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