Woo-hoo! Who’s ready to discuss The Girls?
I loved this book: a novel posing as an autobiography of a conjoined twin. That’s a hook that grabs me. A conjoined twin is an unusual character, a fascinating and curious character. I’ve never known, or even seen in person, conjoined twins. I immediately want to know more.
The curiosity draws me in, but what makes me love the characters is how wonderfully familiar and normal they are. They are, after all, just women.
A question I’ve been asking myself is Would I have enjoyed the same story had it been about twins who were not conjoined, or perhaps just siblings? I realize that the conjoinment is integral to the story, that the experiences Rose and Ruby had were in no small part due to their situation, so maybe this is an impossible question, but I wonder nonetheless. If you take away being joined at the head, does the story lose its luster?
Also, get a load of that cover. Ruby’s legs were tiny useless things with club feet at the end. Rose carried her. Those cannot be Rose and Ruby’s legs and feet. Does that bother anyone but me?