Rose and Ruby are inseparable. They are sisters and best friends but they are also literally inseparable; they are joined at their skulls and share a major vein. When Rose looks north, Ruby is right beside her looking north-east.
Although the girls are in each other's company all the time, they have quite different personalities and interests. This is where the appeal of this novel lies for me, the exploration of how they maintain their separate identities. They both work at the local library, part-time, in different roles at different times. Their house is full of mirrors so that they can see each other.
This reads more like a biography than a novel. It answers questions that would be too rude to ask.
Title: The girls: a novel
Author: Lori Lansens
Reviewed by Christine, Takapuna Library
Christine O has worked in North Shore libraries for over 20 years. She likes her fiction to be credible and her nonfiction to be accessible.