Saturday, May 21, 2011

This One's For the Girls!

One of my favorite things to do is to browse bookshelves and pick something new.  I've come across several delightful novels with this scientific approach.  This one's for the girls!

Girls by Lori Lansens
Sisters Rose and Ruby Darlen share a particular closeness –as most twins do.  But the Darlen twins are special.  They are conjoined twins, bound together at the head by a spot the size of a bread plate.   Their lives literally depend on one another.  At first the oddity of this arrangement may turn you off – nothing screams circus freak like attached human beings – but the characters are well drawn and immensely likeable.  Rose and Ruby are normal sisters in many ways, with distinct personalities and rivalries.   It's a novel you won't be able to put down or stop thinking about once it's over.
The Wide Smiles of Girls by Jennifer Fenske
Another sister tale!  March and Mae Wallace are nothing alike.  Mae, the dependable older sister, sees the world as a project to be saved. March is happily overweight, confident, and charismatic.   Then an accident changes everything about their lives and their relationships.  The interesting turns and resistance to conventional stereotyping make this a quick and enjoyable read. 
Lucky Girls by Nell Freudenberger
In this short story collection, we follow five young women far from home.  Set in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent, these expatriates are both attracted to and repelled by the unfamiliar places they live.  Although love is often a component to these tales, the most intriguing relationship is the one between the characters and their adopted country.  A thoughtful, entertaining, and insightful read. 

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