The Girls by Lori Lansens audiobook

The Girls: A Novel

By Lori Lansens
Read by Stephanie Zimbalist and Lolita Davidovitch

Little, Brown & Company 9780316069038
6.08 Hours 1
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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 30th birthday, they are history's oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by as 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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Summary

Summary

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 30th birthday, they are history's oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by as 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

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Author Bio: Lori Lansens

Author Bio: Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens has written several films and is the author of the bestselling novel The Girls, among other books. She lives in California with her family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English