The Girls

The Girls 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 t

  • Title: The Girls
  • Author: Lori Lansens
  • ISBN: 9781400025398
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, UnclIn 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, Uncle Stash, are middle aged and with no children of their own They relocate from the town to the drafty old farmhouse in the country that has been in Lovey s family for generations.Joined to Ruby at the head, Rose s face is pulled to one side, but she has full use of her limbs Ruby has a beautiful face, but her body is tiny and she is unable to walk She rests her legs on her sister s hip, rather like a small child or a doll.In spite of their situation, the girls lead surprisingly separate lives Rose is bookish and a baseball fan Ruby is fond of trash TV and has a passion for local history.Rose has always wanted to be a writer, and as the novel opens, she begins to pen her autobiography Here is how she begins I have never looked into my sister s eyes I have never bathed alone I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon I ve never used an airplane bathroom Or worn a hat Or been kissed like that I ve never driven a car Or slept through the night Never a private talk Or solo walk I ve never climbed a tree Or faded into a crowd So many things I ve never done, but oh, how I ve been loved And, if such things were to be, I d live a thousand lives as me, to be loved so exponentially.Ruby, with her marvellous characteristic logic, points out that Rose s autobiography will have to be Ruby s as well and how can she trust Rose to represent her story accurately Soon, Ruby decides to chime in with chapters of her own.The novel begins with Rose, but eventually moves to Ruby s point of view and then switches back and forth Because the girls face in slightly different directions, neither can see what the other is writing, and they don t tell each other either The reader is treated to sometimes overlapping stories told in two wonderfully distinct styles Rose is given to introspection and secrecy Ruby s style is tell all frank and decidedly sweet.We learn of their early years as the town freaks and of Lovey s and Stash s determination to give them as normal an upbringing as possible But when we meet them, both Lovey and Stash are dead, the girls have moved back into town, and they ve received some ominous news They are on the verge of becoming the oldest surviving craniopagus joined at the head twins in history, but the question of whether they ll live to celebrate their thirtieth birthday is suddenly impossible to answer.In Rose and Ruby, Lori Lansens has created two precious characters, each distinct and loveable in their very different ways, and has given them a world in Leaford that rings absolutely true The girls are unforgettable The Girls is nothing short of a tour de force.From the Hardcover edition.

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    • Lori Lansens

      Lori Lansens was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, a small Canadian town with a remarkable history as a terminus on the Underground Railroad, which became the setting for her first three bestselling novels After living in downtown Toronto most of her adult life, she moved with her family to the Santa Monica mountains near Los Angeles in 2006 There she shares her backyard with bobcats, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and coyotes The Mountain Story, her latest novel, was inspired by her respect and appreciation for the wild.

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    • “I have never looked into my sisters eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to the beguiling moon. I’ve never used an airplane bathroom. Or worn a hat. Or been kissed like that. I’ve never driven a car. Or slept through the night. Never a private talk. Or a solo walk. I’ve never climbed a tree. Or faded into a crowd. So many things I’ve never done, but oh, how I’ve been loved. And, if such things were to be, I’d live a thousand [...]


    • Onvan : The Girls - Nevisande : Lori Lansens - ISBN : 316066346 - ISBN13 : 9780316066341 - Dar 368 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005


    • Ugh. I had to force myself to finish this book. This is a book about twin girls conjoined at the head, written alternately by each girl in autobiographical form. Here are the things that made me not like this book:1. Way too much emphasis on the intended publication, or hope thereof, of the finished product. I cannot believe a real editor would not edit all that out.2. I did not understand why it took them 30 years to figure out that some sort of wheeled assistive device would drastically improv [...]


    • Reviewed by Me for TeensReadTooIn 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 of [...]


    • I love when I finish a book and it stays with me for days afterward as I continue to wonder about the characters and what may still be happening even though the story in the book has ended. This is going to be one of those books. I can't think of one negative thing to say about any aspect of this book. I loved the characters, ALL of them. I loved that the author told the story as if Rose and Ruby were writing an autobiography (I had to remind myself it was fiction numerous times).Simply an amazi [...]


    • I won't be finishing this, life is too short. A character (and someone on greads) said it best - it doesn't matter if the book is well written, it will sell because it's about conjoined twins. Yep.This story is unique in its premise - a back and forth of two conjoined twins who have learned that they are dying - but the execution was a real disappointment. The actual complicated layers of such a situation (never being alone, never being able to fully choose for you, never being perceived as your [...]


    • The cover reminded me vaguely of the cover ofThe God of Small Things (they're both pretty/artsy flowers-on-the-water things) but there's really very little that's similar about the two books, except that they're good. And they have twins in them.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 effec [...]


    • Beautifully written story of two sisters who are conjoined. They live in a small town, where everyone knows them as "The Girls". As with any other sisters, they are very different people but unlike every other set of sisters, they are often viewed as "one". 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 [...]


    • One of the least engaging books I have read in a very long time. I found the main characters of Rosie and Ruby to be exceptionally boring and slightly annoying. It literally felt as though I was reading someone's mundane diary, dreary boring details that may make up a good diary for the writer however do nothing for an outside reader.


    • I admit I was attracted to this book because it was about conjoined twins. But, the fascination quickly wore off and I was left wondering when the characters were going to come to life and become compelling beyond their conjoinment. The story never came to life for me.


    • What a moving book. Completely worthwhile, with characters you really love (Uncle Stash and Aunt Lovey) and wisdom and humor. Surprising and unlike anything I've read before. (And there's even a little Eastern European section that I didn't expect--hooray.)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)I [...]


    • The Girls ( Ruby and Rose). are conjoined twins. They each have their individual personalities, with their own likes and beliefs.The book is touched with their humor and their adoptive parents who were so selfless in their love and care for the Girls.Each chapter is filled with events in the Girls lives with parents and friends.It was a real page turner.


    • I read this concurrently with Jane Hamilton's A Map of the World and, although they are completely different books, found the settings so powerfully similar that I kept getting the books confused. The same kids detassling corn in the summer holidays, the same orange-red carpet in the same early 19th century decrepit farmhouse, the same neighbors with tragically dead kids--it wasn't a bad thing, it was just *weird*, as though I were reading two different news stories from the same local newspaper [...]


    • I finished this astounding book a week ago and wanted to comment as to how the characters and their story have lingered. The Girls is about Rose and Ruby; twenty-nine year old craniopagus twins. Fused at the skulls with their heads facing slightly different directions, they have separate bodies. The novel chronicles their attempt to forge ordinary lives despite extraordinary circumstances. Lori Lansens excels at personifying their different personalities and their individual and collective react [...]


    • At first I liked the idea of including both sisters' voices in the book. It made for a nice structure, with Ruby blurting out the present while Rose plodding unveiled the past, and if Ruby hadn't been there to throw in some excitement, I think I would have left the book unfinished. But having finished it, I think I would have enjoyed it more if Ruby's contributions had been left out altogether.Rose is bogged down by trying to be a proper writer, and I found her musing about tone, theme, and narr [...]


    • I never expected to like this book as much as I did. I thought that I'd probably get frustrated and maybe stop at 100 pages inN!! Was I wrong!!This book was fantastic!! Read like gossip and as though it was true."The Girls" is written as an autobiography but it's totally fiction. A story of conjoined twins who try to live their lives in the most ordinary way as possible.Can you imagine being attached to your sister when she gets in trouble?When you're mad at her?When you are trying to plan a sur [...]


    • This is an intriguing look at what life would be like for two people with distinct personalities living inseparable lives. 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 live [...]


    • I found this book while browsing through my public libraries download section. I was looking for a book to try out on my new Nook (LOVE my Nook). I didn't really need a book i wanted to read - it was just a learning exercise. But this one look somewhat interesting so I gave it a try. I can only say WOW! I love love love this book. I still have about 10 pages left to read - and I am taking it really slow because I do not want it to end. All of the characters are terrifically drawn. Lansens' descr [...]


    • I was a bit slow to get into this book, but once Ruby's contributions began I was hooked! I LOVED the side-by-side descriptions from each sister about the events of their life (their often contradicting accounts were quite hilarious too). This story is one of Love, Family, and overcoming adversity and I enjoyed it so much that I can confidently say this is one of my favourite books of my life thus far! I thoroughly enjoyed Lori Lansens book "A Mountain Story" as well. Her characters are very rel [...]


    • Rose and Ruby are twin sisters. Craniopagus sisters. This is Rose's autobiography and Ruby's by default. It is the story of their incredible lives that are so simply lived. It is the story of their aunt and uncle (again by default) that raised them, and loved them, and loved each other. I truly enjoyed the simplicity of their stories that showed compassion, compromise, longing, hope and forgiveness.


    • This book. I love love loved it. It will stay with me for a long time. Such fabulous and memorable characters. Highly recommend.


    • Though I hesitate to say that the content of The Girls will stay with me for years to come, the premise surely will, and that's definitely saying something. A novel about conjoined twins in Northern Ontario, writing a joint memoir—a written account of their lives, alternating voices and periods in time—knowing that their death is imminent? There's certainly a hook there. While there are revelations along the way, both big and small, the novel has a calm composure to it. Where most books have [...]


    • We've been called many things: freaks, horrors, monsters, devils, witches, retards, wonders, marvels. To most, we're a curiosity. In small-town Leaford, where we live and work, we're just “The Girls”.Rose and Ruby Darlen are 29, and the world's oldest surviving craniopagus (conjoined at the head) twins. When an aneurysm in Rose's brain provides the sisters with a deadline, Rose decides to finally write her autobiography, and although Ruby has never been interested in writing, she is cajoled [...]


    • I was hesitant about reading this because it was something that a friend had recommended to me and not something that I would have chosen myself. I was also not certain of exactly what it was initially: i.e. whether it was a true story? there was no clue of plot etc. I have to say that I found this book extremely muddled in structure as it just seemed to consist of anecdotes from each twin's life and so there was no overall plot and fatally no sense of direction. Therefore it was difficult to co [...]


    • Who would have thought of writing a novel about Siamese twins?Lori Lansens takes the unlikely premise of twin girls joined at the head and manages to create a well-written novel so believable that I never once questioned its verisimilitude (which is saying a lot for a detail-oriented cynic like me). Rose and Ruby are the world's oldest living craniopagus twins, joined at the skull. Their lives are inevitably intertwined -- they can't even go to the bathroom alone -- and yet, they are fiercely se [...]


    • (Still have no idea in which language to review originally-in-English books that I read in French. Sorry English friends.)C'était bon! Honnêtement, j'étais pas sûre de vouloir le lire (je l'ai acheté sans trop regarder, dans une méga-vente de bibliothèque, où j'ai juste pris le temps de spotter "Tiens, un livre d'alto" avant d'acheter - ce qui explique aussi la traduction!) parce que j'ai zéro intérêt pour les livres du style "regardez la bête de cirque". Mais justement, on était lo [...]


    • Fiction. The tale of two sisters, siamese twins, joined at the head. Presented as a first person narrative, Rose and Ruby Darlen take turns writing their autobiography. The book is mostly written by Rose, who fancies herself a writer and takes it all very seriously, determined to tell her life story in chronological order. Ruby, on the other hand, doesn't see the point of an autobiography at all -- because technically it isn't an autobiography if there's two of you -- but she doesn't want her op [...]


    • Ruby and Rose are identical twin girls born conjoined at the head. Their birth mother flees from them after they are born, and they are taken in by the attending nurse, Lovey and her husband, Stash, a native Slovak. The girls grow up in a small Canadian border town, and as they learn that they are dying, they decide to write their autobiography. The story spans their growing up and their life together, as well as Lovey and Stash's lives together. I really, really enjoyed this book, it was probab [...]


    • A brilliant portrait of two conjoined twins penning "their" autobiography, with two such distinct yet tentative voices. The story of Rose and Ruby and their life with adoptive parents Stash and Lovey Darlen is a tale of ordinary small town life but also of this extraordinary pair of people who share a connection bordering on the mystical. Joined at the head, they share a critical vein common to both their brains which connects them in every way. Maybe their ability to read each other's mind and [...]


    • I had heard interesting things about this book, and it's author, through the yearly "book talk" that local bookstore owner Laurie Greenwood gave at our yearly Teachers' Convention. I had added it to my "to read" list and then forgotten about it, but fortunately I came across it at a garage sale this summer for only $3 so I picked it up. One would think that a story about conjoined twins growing up in southern Ontario would be rather dull or weird or both, but this was a fascinating book! It is t [...]


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