Metro Mama Reviews: The Girls
Lori Lansens’ second novel, The Girls, is fresh and original. The novel is written from the perspective of conjoined twins, Ruby and Rose. Rose is writing her memoirs and Ruby persuades her their life story cannot be told without including her perspective. Ruby contributes her chapters to be incorporated when the book is finished--the result is an arresting narrative of interweaving voices.
Both humorous and poignant, Lansens convincingly imparts the unique joys and challenges the connected twins experience. She adroitly tackles the most intimate of subject matter, including sexuality, love, and death.
The Girls is powerful and emotive.
Lori Lansens is a screenwriter living in Toronto with her husband and two children. She wrote her first novel, Rush Home Road, when she was pregnant with her first child. She was breastfeeding her two children when she wrote The Girls and drew on the sense of attachment she experienced to describe the conjoined twins’ connectedness. Lansens was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario.