In Lori Lansens' astonishing second novel, readers come to know and love two of the most remarkable characters in Canadian fiction. Rose and Ruby are twenty-nine-year-old conjoined twins.
Born during a tornado to a shocked teenaged mother in the hospital at Leaford, Ontario, they are raised by the nurse who helped usher them into the world. Aunt Lovey and her husband, Uncl
In what has to be the best blend of heartbreaking sadness and unbelievable joy, author Lori Lansens has managed to write a novel about two girls that you will not soon forget -- if ever. After I finished THE GIRLS, I felt many emotions, but the strongest was that I had just read the story of two of my best and dearest friends. And even though I know that this story is fiction, I can't help but think that somewhere, two girls share a life that is a lot like that...more
The Girls is amazing. The edition I bought has a little reader's guide questions-section at the end, which I started to read because I kind of didn't want the book to end (seriously, it was really good) and one of the questions was something to the eff...more
The author has done an amazing job of creating two completely seperate voices and manages to weave a haunting story based on two characters' perspectives who are literally at the same place, at the same time--always.
Rose, Ruby and their fami...more
What is it about sadness that can be so fulfilling? (p.30)
Funny how you can measure time by pets that were not even your own. (p. 40)
It was Aunt Lovey's belief that all ordinary people led extraordinary lives, but just didn't notice. (p. 102)
All of the characters are terrifically drawn. Lansens' descr...more
I really, really enjoyed this book, it was probab...more
Rose dreams of being a writer so start her autobiography, Ruby also includes chapters of her own, and from reading we learn about their life growing up. Stereotypes and assumptions are challenged throughout and you become drawn in.
The Author has obviously researched well, and it shows in the d...more
My favorite quote from the book is regarding Aunt Lovey. “It was Aunt Lovey’s belief that all ordinary people led extraordinary lives, but just didn’t notice.” Think of how profound that is! I think applies particularly well to the story of these girls. Although they had a very unusual medical condition (joined at the head from birth), Ruby and Rose led ordinary lives. They...more
The story is about Rose & Ruby Darlen, The worlds oldest craniopagus twins. A recent medical diagnosis has spurred Rose to write her autobiography, and she encourages Ruby to do the same. They talk anout their life from birth to the present day. Each sister is different than the other. Rose is kinda quieter and more melod...more
This book talks about a phenomenon that is so rare, and yet so special. Conjoined twins, joined at the head, sisters who have never looked each other in the face, and who had to deal with their situation best they could in a small little town in Canada. They may be fictional characters, but we all know that this is...more
The beginning... well, I can't explain i...more
“A volte, quando apri un uovo, trovi il tuorlo doppio, hai visto il tuorlo doppio? A volte anche le ciliegie crescono unite, non hanno due piccioli separati, e la polpa di due è fusa insieme. Così. Sono molto speciali”. Queste sono Rose e Ruby, le ragazze, due gemelle siamesi craniopaghe che vivono in Canada, che dividono un’importante vena in comune e non possono sopravv...more
This novel is not a feel-good piece but a depressing recount of two lives having lived conjoined together. We all wish we could look back on our own e...more
This past week I read “The Girls” by Lori Lansens, her second of three books. I really truly hope she keeps producing, because she amazes me. “The Girls” is about conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen who are raised by Aunt Lovey and Uncle Stash when their 18-year-old mo...more
The book begins "I have never look...more
Off I transported to my childhood in the 50's, when the CIRCUS came to visit our little town in the middle of the Pacific....to the tent with the soiled penants drooping in our humidity, the tattered sign "Freak Show" COME one and all to see the MONKEY LADY (microcephalic pathetic girl whose eyes met my overblown look of wonder); the SNAKE LADY (a sad face with severe plaque psoriasis); the FA...more