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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lori Lansens Narrator: Stephanie Zimbalist, Lolita Davidovitch Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781594835186
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Meet Rose and Ruby: sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as “the girls.” They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, love their parents, and follow their dreams. But the Darlens are special. Now nearing their thirtieth birthday, they are history’s oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by a pot the size of a bread plate. When Rose, the bookish sister, sets out to write her autobiography, it inevitably becomes the story of her short but extraordinary life with Ruby, the beautiful one. From their awkward first steps, Ruby’s arm curled around Rose’s neck, her foreshortened legs wrapped around Rose’s hips, to the friendships they gradually build for themselves in the small town of Leaford, this is the profoundly affecting chronicle of an incomparable life journey.

As Rose and Ruby’s story builds to an unforgettable conclusion, Lansens aims at the heart of human experience, the hardship of loss and struggles for independence, and the fundamental joy of simply living a life. This is a breathtaking novel, one that no reader will soon forget, a heartrending story of love between sisters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is the true test of a writer's mettle to create a convincing narrator, and Lori Lansens has done it not once but twice in her remarkable novel about conjoined twins. The two fascinating protagonists of The Girls live their lives together in every way, and yet nevertheless emerge with beliefs and desires all their own, and with distinct outlooks on their difficult circumstances. We are all fortunate for a novelist with so delicate and sensitive a touch.”

    Arthur Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Memoirs of a Geisha

  • The Girls is so deeply imagined, so vivid and fresh, by turns funny, by turns astonishing, by turns sad. What wonderful writing!”

    Jane Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of A Map of the World

  • The Girls glides by like a watercolor dream, finding its poetry in dailiness and the universalities of human desire and connection…Lansens, who has a gentle, open way of writing, makes of these two girls a kind of perfect marriage, harmonious and everlasting.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A fascinating—and at times heartbreaking—read about two independent young women.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Lansens captures the claustrophobia of conjoinment…But her real triumph is the strange story’s rich context: a Canadian farming community where we encounter the full spectrum of human frailty. And Lansens gives her narrators intelligence, moments of transcendent joy, and romance. There’s much for these girls to smile about.”

    Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mag | 5/21/2011

    " Canadian lit at its best. A fictitious autobiography of two craniopagus conjoined twins written in two distinct voices, poignant, comic and very humane. Great storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillias | 5/18/2011

    " It was very well written, wonderful concept to discuss how we are individuals and so connected, literally, in many ways and how we deal with that.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miquela | 4/30/2011

    " Have you ever wondered what life would be like as conjoined twins? I hadn't really either but Lori Lansens did a great job of creating a beautiful story about these sisters. I am adding the books she listed in her research to my to-read list. Fascinating subject! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/24/2011

    " Great characters, explores an interesting relationship between sisters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 4/21/2011

    " Very well written. Not sentimental about the subject of conjoined girls. Poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/20/2011

    " I was fascinated by this book. The premise is cojoined twin sisters and how they are clearly dependant but also independant thinkers. Warning--I am an engineer and I read things very literal. But even I get the metaphors in this book. OK, probably not all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this book because it has such an unusual narrator. I thought the way the twins were portrayed as so different in personality was a little too simplistic, but it was still an interesting story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/15/2011

    " Where did this treasure come from. Amazingly done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 4/11/2011

    " Loved this book. I already miss Rose and Ruby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 4/10/2011

    " I fell in love with both of the sisters and thought the story was remarkable. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a work of fiction. I recommend it to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muriel | 4/9/2011

    " Pretty good book. You get to really like Rose and Ruby (the girls). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 4/4/2011

    " The fictional autobiography of conjoined twin women awaiting their inevitable death. Interesting, but a little odd and some parts are hard to swallow. 2.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/1/2011

    " Not at all what I expected. I loved the relationship The Girls shared. "

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