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Following The Missing Person and Inside, Alix Ohlin's third novel is a masterful achievement: a joint coming-of-age story and an achingly poignant portrait of the strange, painful, ultimately life-sustaining bonds between sisters.

Lark and Robin are half-sisters whose similarities end at being named for birds. While Lark is shy and studious, Robin is wild and artistic. Rais
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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    Elyse Walters
    Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I’ll begin with the obvious: The book cover is GORGEOUS!
    Between the book cover, the author’s lovely name (this is my first novel by Alix Ohlin, - not my last), and the well written descriptive blurb - I knew instantly that I was wanted to read this.
    This 288 page novel ( ebook for me) - narrated with intimate storytelling - solemn - genuine - timeless - filled with awareness of thought - emotional connectedness - and illustrates the profound impact and consequences of how family tensions bind u
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    Rebecca
    (2.75) I hadn’t heard of Ohlin, a Canadian author, but took a chance on her third novel because I was intrigued by the title and the prospect of a close yet fraught sister relationship. Lark Brossard and her younger half-sister, Robin, were raised by an inattentive single mother in Montreal; both their fathers were American, so they come and go from the USA as they wish – Lark attends college in Boston; afterwards the sisters live in New York City to pursue their passions: documentary film-makin ...more
    Krista
    Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    I filmed the teenagers who gathered at the ice cream parlor, the girls flirting by pressing their hands quickly to the boys' arms and then recoiling from their muscles as if burned; the boys yelling insults to each other or calling out from the rolled-down windows of passing cars, everyone performing, summertime a stage. I was recording an adolescence I'd never had. In the garden shed I cut the film together, cicadas and girls, old men and moonlight. All my life I'd gathered tidbits – things I
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    Celia
    Dual Citizens is about two sisters born in Montreal. Their mother does not care about them. Each of the girls has a different father. Perhaps Maryanne (the mother) is bitter because each man has left her. This abandonment their mother has suffered, leaves Lark, the older one, to care for Robin, her sister.

    But their relationship is not always good. They do drift apart, eventually to get back together again.

    I had a sister once and appreciate reading stories about girl siblings. The relationship do
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    Cheryl Sokoloff
    Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was extremely fortunate to hear Alix Ohlin speak right before the release of Dual Citizens, her latest novel. To say I was impressed by her accomplishments, highlighted by the woman introducing her that day, is an understatement. In the audience were teachers from her school in Montreal, so proud of their former student. When it was her turn to speak, Alix was open and spoke of her life journey, of learning about what type of books she was meant to author. She loves stories, collecting them fr ...more
    Elle
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    * Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *

    This one held my attention, but didn't leave me riveted. The character of Lark is extremely well-developed and the structure of the book is comfortable. It moves steadily with some minor bumps and moments of discomfort, but overall just feels like a mellow flow.

    It didn't really feel like there were any strong developments and even those things that the author likely intended to be huge and impres
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    Emily
    May 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received an ARC of this book in ebook form from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released on June 4, 2019.

    I started reading this book not remembering what the synopsis said so I honestly had no idea what to expect. After reading the first couple pages about the wolf I honestly thought it was going to be some sort of fantasy book. Which it definitely is not. (Thank god) I was most interested in the first section, labeled as childhood. As they grew up and moved
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    Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
    Alix Ohlin is one of my go to Canadian authors. She's an especially great short story writer so I was super excited about this upcoming release.

    This is the story of two sisters named Lark and Robin. They have a very narcissistic mother who lacks any sort of mothering qualities (kind of like my mom) and each have different fathers who are out of the picture. Lark is an aspiring movie maker/editor and Robin is a little more on the feral side. Lark is especially attached to Robin as she was the on
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    Kate
    May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    A beautifully written and tender story!
    How have I not read anything by this author before?! So this book hit me pretty hard. The storytelling was so real and intimate. Families can be hard, growing up is hard, mothers and daughters relationships can be hard. And I found the author captured this quite well making me appreciate the genuineness of this story.
    It reveals so many truths about relationships, life, heartache, lonliness and
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    Michelle
    May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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    The book was very character driven, and written well. I enjoyed the first part of the book "Childhood", which developed the characters, and molded each sister into who they would be later in life, heavily due to their self-centered, uncaring mother. There were parts of the book that bogged me down, where I had to skim, ie: the parts about Lark in school and afterward, dealing with editing/film making...to many references to "artsy" films, etc. Parts of the second part of the book, "Motherhood" w ...more
    Rana Z
    Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    Wonderful book. Character driven and so well done in that arena.
    A mother that really didn't want to be a mother. Two sisters, Lark and Robin both so different but the same due to the bond of sisterhood that helped them get through a difficult childhood devoid of motherly love. They both take different paths and make different choices...Lark follows her dreams of the film world and Robin fights against her talent and the forced training to be great. They grow apart but come together in the end to
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    Kathleen
    May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
    Definitely not a plot driven story but there is a really gorgeous arc that starts in the first few pages and picks back up again at the end in an unexpected way. A beautifully told story that struck me how lonely life can be and the loneliness that we can create ourselves. The characters in this book are deep and reveal themselves effortlessly through the author's words. While I enjoy more plot in my stories, I enjoyed this story immensely and believe these characters will sit with me a while. T ...more
    Lorri Steinbacher
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A story about sisters who are close, loving and protecting each other in a tumultuous household with a distant mother, and what happens when life pulls them apart.

    Recommended for readers who like stories that examine sister relationships.
    Bethany
    Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The book, told in past tense, had a strong sense of foreboding throughout — but not so much so that I could not appreciate each moment as I was reading. Won't spoil it by telling what that foreboding led to, but certainly worth the read.
    Namrata Telugu
    Jun 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
    welp, on the TBR! love that cover so much! EXCITED.
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    Alix Ohlin is the author of The Missing Person, a novel; Babylon and Other Stories; and Signs and Wonders, a story collection. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on public radio’s Selected Shorts. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
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