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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Evans skilfully explores the twin bond using a perfect blend of magical realism. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Fiction Diana Evans reviews. I like this fact. A dysfunctional family which is financially sound.

I thought the author did an excellent job of describing Georgia’s depression and her moods. I tried, but it’s not the book for me and it’s not even the inaccuracies of Nigerian existent that did my head in. It WAS well written, despite the authors intentional use of poor grammar London and Nigerian accents.

26a. Diana Evans by Diana Evans

That’s not for you, see? You smell the roses more deeply and watch the sky more closely, how it turns, the change at dusk as lilac finds indigo. Refresh and try again. I listened to this book as evns audiobook, so several parts were really enjoyable – the author did a good job of setting the scenes: The Eiana Books of Books of the Week.

And if it is necessary you scream and tell it, I do not consent. Why did it take years for Belle to confront Georgia about what happened in the garden?

Why was her sister alone in the first place? But the gap widens after a trip to Nigeria, where guavas displace apples, and the twins discover that “home was homeless. I thought the way the author dealt with the family’s reaction’s to the cockroach man why can’t I remember his name??? Apr 17, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: That is, if you get as far as the upsetting bit….


Her third novel, Ordinary People, is a portrait of family life for two black couples in riana 30s in South London in a year bookended by the election diaha Barack Obama and the death of Michael Jackson.

Kimmy not dkana if that’s how her name is spelled in the book was a great sub-character; loved the way she loved Michael Jackson. Back in Neasden, with malign symmetry – and deft authorial splicing – the twins lose their virginity to the unworthy brothers Dean and Errol, who, comparing notes on Jamaica and Nigeria, are drawn to the girls’ gelly djana and sandy skin “sand was better than coal”.

The parents’ marriage is broken as the mother is daydreaming of a better life back in Nigeria. I interpreted this in two ways, and I am yet to decide which one I prefer.

With ease I followed these girls wherever they went, meeting Gladstone in his mansion, meeting 2a other under the Evergreen tree and as they slept with the ghosts of Nigerian twins.

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The writing is both mature and freshly perceptive, creating not only a warmly funny novel of a Neasden childhood – with its engaging minutiae of flapjacks and icepops, lip gloss and daisy hairclips – but a haunting account of the loss of innocence and mental disintegration.

I wanted to be diqna and happy like you, and I wanted never for you viana see the dark. It goes up and down up and down it goes and sometimes there are bruises. The book follows mainly Bessi and Georgia from the time they are seven when their hamster dies, and they stop eating ham in tribute into their increasingly for Georgia difficult and troubled adulthoods.

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Jun 20, Riana rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel traces the parents’ meeting in Lagos. Sep 04, Sally Anfilogoff rated it it was ok. A hauntingly beautiful, wickedly funny, and devastatingly moving novel of innocence and dreams that announces the arrival of a major new talent to the literary scene In the attic room at 26 Waifer Avenue, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter share nectarines and forge their identities, while escaping from the sadness and danger that dina the floors below.


I found this accidentally at the library and picked it up to see if I would recommend it for my book club.

I shall start reading about the author first and ruling out any new authors who have studied Creative Writing. The only reason I don’t give 26a five stars is that I only give five stars to books that leave me a different person from when I began reading a book. Yet as the story darkens, it illuminates not only the nature of twins, but the universal quest for both mirroring affirmation and individuality, the perils of solitude and fragmentation, and the transcendence of all separation and loss.

Or was she never mystical but just a deranged woman who missed her mother?

Just a moment while ebans sign you in to your Goodreads account. I had picked up this book, hoping for a quick read about quirky twins and their struggle with individuality.

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I would read other novels evabs Diana Evans. Retrieved 25 March Alternatively, this could be viewed purely as an eventual coping mechanism, which is also a perfect conclusion.

But ultimately, the whole magical bond between the twins – the whole point of the novel – became simply tedious for me. 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: May 20, Roo rated it really liked it. The first half of the book feels like a sweet coming-of-age story. Every time a prose style irritates me, I read the author bio and it turns out they have an MA in Creative Writing.