A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
“A brainy, emotionally sophisticated bildungsroman-for-two.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Sometimes despairing, sometimes blackly humorous, always engrossing and thoroughly original. A wonderful debut.”
“Marcy Dermansky’s Twins is spectacular, weird, extraordinarily real, and funny in ways they don’t have names for… Her novel grabs your heart from the first sentence, and breaks it by the end.”
—Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than DNA. So begins Twins, Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel, the extraordinary story of blond, beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each other.
Over the course of five years, Chloe and Sue overcome breakups, unhappy Hawaiian vacations, unicycle lessons, eating disorders, pill abuse, and their first painful explorations of love and sex. Told in alternating voices, Twins introduces two new unforgettable heroines on the verge, in a spellbinding tale of teen angst, obsession, and redemption in the suburbs.
Marcy Dermansky is the author of the widely acclaimed novels Bad Marie and Twins. Marcy’s short fiction has been published in numerous literal journals and anthologies, including Salon.com, McSweeney’s, Indiana Review, and The Mississippi Review. A former MacDowell fellow, Marcy is the winner of the Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and Story Magazine’s Carson McCullers short story prize. Her stories have been anthologized in Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens and Love Stories: A Literary Companion to Tennis. Her essay “Maybe, I Loved You” appears in the anthology Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.