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26a (Paperback)

Author:  Diana Evans
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060821825
ISBN-13: 9780060821821
Sku: 202437729
Publish Date: 8/16/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  277
Age Range:  NA
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A hauntingly beautiful, wickedly funny, and devastatingly moving novel of innocence and dreams that announces the arrival of a major new talent to the literary scene

In the attic room at 26 Waifer Avenue, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter share nectarines and forge their identities, while escaping from the sadness and danger that inhabit the floors below. But innocence lasts for only so long--and dreams, no matter how vivid and powerful, cannot slow the relentless incursion of the real world.

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Sharing childhood dreams and their struggles for survival from the attic bedroom of their traumatized parents' home, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter and their two sisters endeavor to forge identities in spite of the realities of impending adulthood. A first novel. Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

A hauntingly beautiful, wickedly funny, and devastatingly moving novel of innocence and dreams that announces the arrival of a major new talent to the literary scene

In the attic room at 26 Waifer Avenue, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter share nectarines and forge their identities, while escaping from the sadness and danger that inhabit the floors below. But innocence lasts for only so long—and dreams, no matter how vivid and powerful, cannot slow the relentless incursion of the real world.

Sharing childhood dreams from their attic bedroom, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter and their two sisters endeavor to forge identities in spite of the realities of impending adulthood.
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The Hunter family lives at 26 Waifer Avenue in North London, and includes Aubrey and Ida (his Nigerian wife), two older daughters, and the identical twins Georgia and Bessi, who have dubbed their attic sleeping loft "26A." Diana Evans's novel follows the twins through the 1980s and '90s, as the family move to Nigeria when the girls are eight years old. There, Georgia is raped by a servant--an event that she tells to no one, even Bessi. As the two grow up, Georgia gradually becomes disturbed and suicidal, a contrast to Bessi's carefree adolescence and young womanhood. Evans is a twin herself who has based this story partly on her own family.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Mixed-race twins come of age in a London suburb....At once tender and funny: a keen study of home, homelessness and the limits of symbiosis." 07/01/2005

Publishers Weekly
"From the very beginning of Evans's first novel..., readers know they're in for something rich and strange....All the Hunters are drawn with care....This is a funny, haunting, marvelous debut." 07/25/2005

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0277
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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