So begins Lori Lansens's novel The Girls.*
This is a book, a novel, about conjoined craniopagus twins. It's not maudlin. It's not mawkish. It's not trite. It's actually a surprisingly good read. It's an amazing story of Rose and Ruby, twins conjoined since birth. It's written in first person as told by both Rose and Ruby... the story of twins growing up on a family farm in Canada after being adopted by Aunt Lovey and Uncle Stash who adopted them shortly after their birth.
The book explores the twins from childhood to adulthood. It explores their unconditional love for one another... despite their differences, quirks, and individual personalities. It's an interesting journey.
I'm using the chapters "Ruby & Me" and "Writing & Deadlines" with a group of adults this week... during a study of Synthesis for a two-day workshop. We'll being taking a look at several texts dealing with relationships and this was a perfect choice. It is beautifully written (definitely for adults) and explores a unique topic by inviting us into the character's lives and draws us into every detail.
*The paperback edition has a different cover