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Rose and Ruby Darlen are the oldest living craniopagus twins. They were born joined at the head. Rose states that there is some discomfort in their conjoinment but she would never describe it as painful. They share a common blood supply but their brains are separate. It was impossible to separate them. Rose tells the readers that she never set eyes on her sister except in mirror images or photos. Rose tells most of the story but Ruby did write a part of the autobiography from her point of view.
Their mother, who was unmarried and very young when they were born, abandoned them. Aunt Lovey, the nurse who was present at their birth, adopted them.
Rose wanted to be a writer. She was accepted at an English program at a nearby university. Ruby, however, refused to go. Aunt Lovey did not like self-pity. She told Rose not to blame her sister if she didn't become a writer. Aunt Lovey presented Rose with a book to read and then drove her to the local Kmart store to purchase pencils and a stack of legal pads.
Aunt Lovey taught the girls to live separate lives even though they were conjoined. They attended school, had part time jobs and even had relationships. After the loss of Aunt Lovey and Uncle Stash, the girls had to learn to live on their own.
Ruby's health is deteriorating. Due to a recent medical diagnosis, Rose decided now was the time to write the autobiography.
This book is extremely well written. As you get engrossed in the story, you will forget it is the work of fiction. This is a wonderful story about the love of two sisters. Even though they are quite different in many ways, they have no choice but to share a life together and face the difficult challenges. The author also does a wonderful job of portraying the characters. This is one you don't want to pass on. Be sure to add it to your reading list!