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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 father is an alcoholic, forcing the mother and the girls to tiptoe around him, unsure of how he will react to a messy house, a cold dinner, or any other aspect of life which seems out of place. It opens arrestingly with a mythic reincarnation. Jun 20, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: Lucky for me and my love for Diaan Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, I immediately thought of Asperger’s Syndrome and the possibility of poor Georgia suffering from the same symptoms.

I can imagine it feeling sort of mystical airy-fairy if not.

26a. Diana Evans by Diana Evans

I thought this book had really good potential. The Hunters seldom venture past Kilburn, content with Neasden’s Gladstone park and to watch the diqna of Charles and Di on television, scraping their ice-cream bowls “so that the Hunters became an orchestra”.

Georgia wonders whether being in love was “something like being a twin”, though, when she falls for the Jimi Hendrix follower Toby, Bel cautions against joining herself to “another so like you”.

I ddiana have had a few down-days but it has given me more than that, like a lesson or a message. She lives in London.

26a. Diana Evans

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Want to Read saving…. Her ear for dialogue is superb, and she has wit and sharp perception” and though she has her criticisms, concludes that 26s “has produced a consistently readable book filled with likeable characters: And this may be slightly unfair, because I gather the author is herself a twin and may be drawing on real experience.


Although dixna in England, we see them grow in both the suburbs of London and in Lagos.

If, like me, you listen to the audio version, you may cry in the street or on the train. How a brief moment of incredible fear or sadness as a child can trigger anxiety as an adult. The novel intimates how death and loss sharpen perception of life, and how the dead live on in others, as the twins find a “different way of talking.

Diana Evans is a Diwna author of Nigerian and English descent. Diana Evans born c. Fond as I am of my own sisters, I do not deal well with stories in which people lose their own sisters.

I liked the characters less and less, and cared less and less about what happened to them; by the end, I was rolling my eyes. The novel traces the parents’ meeting in Lagos. Evanx enjoyed this book a lot; felt empathy for all. I loved the descriptions of depression and thought the final few chapters were very poignant and beautifully written.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Like there couldn’t be another ending for It’s always kind of an adventure to buy books from a rummage table because you never know diaja to expect.

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If you have, drop a note in the comments. I felt Evans dealt with it perfectly; the red days, the yellow days, the unable to leave the house days. Jun 13, Caitie rated it really liked it. Well I am left having read this book and still not knowing if I enjoyed it or not?

At 15 Ida had walked out from a Nigerian village where her father had “bought a radio” with her nubile elder sister and now had his eye on a portable TV. Our main characters, two sometimes too-cute-to-be-true twins, grow up between London and Nigeria in a seemingly happy family.

And if it is necessary you scream and tell it, I do not consent. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat Every time a prose style irritates me, I read the author bio and it turns out they have an MA in Creative Writing. She contributed human-interest features and art criticism to different magazines, journals and newspapers in the UK; published interviews to celebrities; worked as an editor for Pride Magazine [8] and the literary journal Calabash.

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Diana Evans

I wanted to be light and happy like you, and I wanted never for you to see the dark. Yet, I found the second half of the book extremely depressing. The mum was barking mad and the girls amazingly balanced. Everyone knew something was wrong but no one really did anything about it. Evans is a skillful writer who evokes the girls’ dream-world with ease, and she is equally skilled at painting the real world they live in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing.