26a. By Diana Evans. pp. William Morrow. $ IT didn’t occur to me that my parents belonged to different races until I was 12 years old. Diana Evans’s very enjoyable debut novel begins with death. Michael Jackson, and the twins have their own world – 26a – up in the attic. Summary and reviews of 26a by Diana Evans, plus links to a book excerpt from 26a and author biography of Diana Evans.

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The sisters in this story as with Little Women really “make” the family as both parents are somewhat distant from the family unit – Mum, Ida, always longing for her homeland of Nigeria and dad, Aubrey, too inclined to his drunken rages to actually be present much of the time.

Ida’s comment – “That’s Georgia” – was right on. Just wasn’t what I wanted or expected, though I usually enjoy family stories about sisters. To ask other readers questions about 26a. Kimmy not sure if that’s how her name is spelled in the book was a great sub-character; loved the way she loved Michael Jackson.

The novel traces the parents’ meeting in Lagos. We are there with the twins when they laugh, cry, have their first boyfriends, start feeling disconnected, become someone else, lose themselves and find hope again – but we only realise the full impact of those dark nights when it is already too late. Evans has written three full-length novels. We know that, just because you know what went wrong, doesn’t mean you can fix it. I interpreted this in two ways, and I am yet to decide which one I prefer.

She never gets over it and just slides down into an abyss of no hope, the other twin who did show great promise of being an independent young woman, comes back Started off on a good footing, the story of a family, essentially the story of a pair of twins, of mixed origins, African and English.


Hard to believe that this is Diana Evans first book. I am so sorry, and I can understand why this book is so well crafted. A Nigerian mother and an English father, a family life narrated so beautifully that as an outsider you completely enjoy the voyeurism it I picked this book off a ‘cheap book sale’ without really having heard anything about it.

Retrieved 15 June A novel about being twins grows stealthily, movingly, into one about being human. The twins are each other’s certificates of being. Of going to a place that was home, but you never really have been.

And the twins, oh my heart, the twins. The focus remains on the twins – Bessie and Georgia, and their joint-at-the-hip bond that sustains the jibes of high schoo I had picked up this book, hoping for a quick read about quirky twins and their struggle with individuality.

Evans contrasts the cities, and the emotional effects they have on the twins, starkly, wvans th This was absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking in equal measures. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

I read some reviews suggesting it was ‘magical realism’ which I don’t generally enjoy but in fact I think evabs elements of the story were actually part of one of the twins mental health problem.

Fiction Book Review: 26a by Diana Evans, Author . Morrow $ (p) ISBN

I couldn’t get into the whole ‘spiritual lives’ stuff, and I didn’t like the way the end played out. May 20, Roo rated it really liked it. The end is messy, Georgia twin who nearly got raped gets more and more depressed and ultimatelly commits suicide and the other twin Bessi just gets ill and more ill and and ‘joins’ the other sister. The first half of the book feels like a sweet coming-of-age story.

If, like me, you listen to the audio version, you may cry in the street or on the train. While many characters yearn for completion and to “fit in”, twinhood becomes a metaphor for the solace and claustrophobia of all powerful, mirroring loves.


Why did no one question rvans all of a sudden bubbly, confident Georgia suddenly became clumsy and awkward. Fascinating and deeply disturbing at the same time. View Full Version of PW.

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Beautiful, real, and utterly agonising. Their twin-bond is so powerful that it creates an idiosyncratic universe shared only by two; dina source of joy and wonder at first, but later an increasing source of pain and wounds. It may have been the turn of the century but I am quite sure medical aid could have saved Georgia’s life.

It hints at the randomness of fate, or character, that can allow one child to grow unfettered while a moment of cruelty can damage and stunt another.

I felt Evans dealt with it perfectly; the red days, the yellow days, the unable to leave the house days. Dvans was plowing through the book just to get it over with, when I realized that I was really engaged with the story again. But the gap widens after a trip to Nigeria, where guavas displace apples, and the twins discover that “home evams homeless.

Archived from the original on 27 August I can imagine it feeling sort of mystical airy-fairy if not.

26a. Diana Evans

What I found was so akin to the plot of 26ait was painful. The novel meanders as the girls grow, pausing to explore an intricate weave of childhood fantasy, African religion, nightmare, pop mythology and the intense inner world of identical twins.

Some jolly good humour as well as some tears. Diana Evans’s marvellous debut is different. For this to come true for them in the end was, I felt, poignant and fitting.