Cover image for Untwine : a novel / Edwidge Danticat.
Untwine : a novel / Edwidge Danticat.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2017]

Physical Description:
303 pages, 6 unnumbered pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Includes guide for readers and book club groups.
Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating--but when when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone's world is shattered forever.


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A haunting and mesmerizing story by literary luminary Edwidge Danticat- now in paperback!

Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their family seems to be unraveling. Then the Boyers have a tragic encounter that will shatter everyone's world forever. Giselle wakes up in the hospital, injured and unable to speak or move. Trapped in the prison of her own body, Giselle must revisit her past in order to understand how the people closest to her - her friends, her parents, and above all, Isabelle, her twin - have shaped and defined her. Will she allow her love for her family and friends to lead her to recovery? Or will she remain lost in a spiral of longing and regret? Untwine is a spellbinding tale, lyrical and filled with love, mystery, humor, and heartbreak. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat brings her extraordinary talent to this graceful and unflinching examination of the bonds of friendship, romance, family, the horrors of loss, and the strength we must discover in ourselves when all seems hopeless.

Author Notes

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to America at age twelve to live with her parents in Brooklyn. She studied French literature at Barnard College and received her M.F.A. from Brown University. Her work has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), her first novel and master's thesis, garnered Danticat a Granta Regional Award for Best Young American Novelist and was chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection, a singular honor. Her collection of short stories Krik? Krak! (1995) was nominated for the National Book Award.

Along with awards for fiction from Seventeen and Essence and the 1995 Pushcart Short Story Prize, Danticat was chosen by Harper's Bazaar as "one of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," and by the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 Under 30" people to watch.

Her second novel, The Farming of Bones (1998), concerns a massacre in Haiti in 1937.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Danticat's first young adult novel, originally published in 2015, features the lush and lyrical prose that is her hallmark. Giselle, the teenage protagonist, is introduced to the audience from her hospital bed, where she is recovering from an unanticipated tragedy. Somewhat insensible to the world, she wonders what is happening to her parents, successful Haitian immigrants who recently announced their separation, and Isabelle, her identical twin, whose hand she has held at every important juncture of their lives, beginning at birth. Giselle's reflections on family, grief, the nature of twinness, the things other than appearance that mark her as similar to Isabelle, and their divergent artistic pursuits-music for Isabelle and visual art for Giselle-are woven with her increasingly greater awareness of the world outside of her hospital bed. Bahni Turpin seamlessly voices the Haitian and American accents of the novel's large cast of characters. -VERDICT Although entirely suitable for teenage audiences, this audiobook would be a rich addition to any general fiction collection.- Nicole Williams, New York © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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