The Girls (novel)

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The Girls
Author Lori Lansens
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Knopf Canada (first edition); Little, Brown (first American edition)
Publication date
2005
Media type Print (Hardback and Paperback); Audiobook
Pages 352 pp
ISBN 0-676-97795-2 (first edition); ISBN 0-316-06903-5 (first American edition)
OCLC 60369615

The Girls is the second novel by Canadian novelist and screenwriter Lori Lansens. It was first published in 2005 by Knopf Canada

It is the life story of a pair of conjoined twins, Rose and Ruby Darlen, narrated by the twins themselves. Rose, a budding writer, also details key moments from the lives of their adoptive parents, Aunt Lovey and Uncle Stash.

The girls are joined at the head (craniopagus), with Rose carrying her physically weaker and smaller sister on her right hip. According to the description of the condition at the start of the book, the girls are estimated to share 100 veins as well as skull bones but while their cerebral tissues are meshed, they have distinctly separate brains, leading to differing personalities.

The book is set in the fictional small town of Leaford in Ontario, Canada with the Girls frequently travelling to nearby cities of Chatham, Windsor and London. The Girls also accompany their Uncle Stash to his native Slovakia.