Dual Citizens

Dual Citizens

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"Lark and Robin are half-sisters whose similarities end at being named for birds. While Lark is shy and studious, Robin is wild and artistic. Raised in Montreal by their disinterested single mother, they form a fierce team in childhood despite these differences. As they grow up, Lark excels at school and Robin becomes an extraordinary pianist. At seventeen, Lark flees to America to attend college, where she finds her calling in documentary films, and her sister soon joins her. Later, in New York City, the sisters find themselves tested: Lark struggles with self-doubt, and Robin chafes against the demands of Juilliard. Under pressure, their bond grows strained and ultimately broken, and their paths diverge. Lark leaves New York when she meets Lawrence Wheelock, a renowned filmmaker who becomes both her employer and occasional lover, while Robin returns to Canada. When Wheelock denies Lark what she hopes for most of all--a child--she is forced to re-examine a life marked by unrealized ambitions and thwarted desires. And as she takes charge of her destiny, Lark discovers that despite their complicated, oftentimes painful relationship, there is only one person she can truly rely on: her sister."--Publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2019
Description: 271 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781487004866
Branch Call Number: Ohli
Additional Contributors: Ohlin, Alix. Dual citizens


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Jul 03, 2020

Fair writing, story and characters uninteresting; for young adults.

May 07, 2020

This Giller Prize finalist is the story of the relationship between two sisters who, neglected by their single-mother, find solace in each other until they don't- ah, siblings. The story meanders through decades of their lives, told from the viewpoint of Lark- the eldest sister- from childhood cuddles, to young adult roommates and finally the ebb and flow of adulthood. A lovely, contemporary, Canadian read.

Dec 10, 2019

Sisters - raised by a non-interested, inattentive mother. Sisters who are so different in spirit and in kind, in interests and endeavours, yet they are there for one another in the strangest ways. I liked the amount of fascinating information the author included about classical music and film making. I imagine that may have taken a reasonable amount of research and yet it's included so simply in this story that it never interferes with the flow. I want to say I enjoyed this book but I'm not precisely sure why. The best I can say is to offer the author's words : 'If you juxtapose two images...no matter how different, the viewer will make meaning from the montage.'

Nov 17, 2019

Giller short list 2019

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May 07, 2020

GenXLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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