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Lives of the Twins

Smith, Rosamond

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ISBN 10: 0671644688 / ISBN 13: 9780671644680
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1987
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Lives of the Twins

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Like New

Edition: First Printing

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Behind the Smith pseudonym is Joyce Carol Oates, who's in a playful, slightly nasty mood here--taking a glossy, shallow heroine (intentionally unsympathetic) through some creepy, modern psychosexual variations on a familiar gothic, romance scenario. Molly Marks--""a very pretty young woman who suspects at times she is a little too clever for her own good""--should be blissfully content. She has a cushy PR job, good looks, a quick (if superficial) mind--and has just moved into a sleek Connecticut apartment with her new lover, psychotherapist Jonathan McEwan: serious, workaholic, gentle, loving, and ready, perhaps, for marriage. But Jonathan has one sore spot, one thing he won't talk about: a deep hatred for long-estranged brother James, his identical twin, who was responsible for some mysterious, bygone tragedy. Like Pandora, of course, Molly can't bear not knowing all the juicy hidden details. So she secretly seeks out brother James, an N.Y.C. shrink who is Jonathan's psychic opposite: cold, sadistic, hedonistic, very much the ""dominant"" twin. Molly poses as a patient; James heaps abuse on her, then seduces her, secretly knowing about the Molly/ Jonathan relationship. Worse yet, after Molly gets pregnant (by which twin?), Jonathan uncovers her deception and recoils. (""I love you but I can't trust you."") Meanwhile, James--intent on keeping their kinky affair going--harasses Molly with tricks, come-ons, escalating threats. And finally, after learning the not-very-surprising Truth about the twins' tragic past (a fatal triangle involving Jonathan's high-school sweetheart), Molly ends up in a Lady-or-Tiger tableau/showdown with both twins, good and evil, unable to tell them apart.

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When sophisticated gadabout Molly Marks discovers that her near-perfect lover and former psychiatrist, Jonathan, has an identical twin, she feels compelled to seek out that brotheralso a psychiatrist. James turns out to be frighteningand altogether more excitingand Molly begins to wonder if a twin is only one half of a whole. She becomes entangled in lies, erotic tensions, and mystery, and her own glib, girlish persona begins to fade, showing the outline of another woman behind it. "Rosamond Smith" is a nom de plume for Joyce Carol Oates, who writes this as deftly and disturbingly as any of her novels, but with perhaps a lighter, more whimsical touch. Provocative entertainment about personality, duality, duplicity. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates, Mystery Guild main selection.Laurie Spector Sullivan, Transit Authority Archives, Boston
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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