Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited
Elyse Schein had always known she was adopted, but it wasn’t until her mid-thirties while living in Paris that she searched for her biological mother. What she found instead was shocking: She had an identical twin sister. What’s more, after being separated as infants, she and her sister had been, for a time, part of a secret study on separated twins.
Paula Bernstein, a marr
But not all twins are looking for more and more points where they ...more
I kept alternating between anger that people could so ...more
The books starts out with both women finding out they have a twin from the adoption agency they were adopted from. It continues with each woman's perspective on how they felt when they found out, what changed in their lives and such. One of the authors was very upset to learn she had a sister and a twin, she was very content in her life and hoped that ...more
At times I found the writing a little uneven, but the voices are so strong and the story so compelling that it was hard for me to put down this boo ...more
I've recently been listening to the audio version of this book. Don't know if I will finish listening to all the discs because I have other more interesting CD's on the docket. After a while this book seems to repeat the same ideas over and over. So it lost my interest because it's slow in getting to the point. So far, the twins talk about looking into the reason they were separated (without their adopted parents' knowledge) and if the separation was the humane thing to do.
The book is really a memoir of their experiences as they learned about each other accompanied by studies on the effects o ...more
Besides both becoming firefighters, they each had a loud, staccato-lik ...more
Identical Strangers is the other side, told from the perspective of the adoptees, identical twins Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein who d ...more
I have a number of identical twins in my life (I gave the book to one of them for her birthday), a number of ...more
The idea that twins who grow up apart are more alike because they don't need to differentiate themselves from each other was interesting. But, perhaps because I'm an identical twin myself, I di ...more
Update: Alright, I finished ...more
Also, oddly, even though they both claimed to love the other, it didn't feel entirely genuine - at least in this narrative.