Excellent, Intermediate, families, twins, fathers and daughters, mothers and daughters, New York, 1960s

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Book Review


Dana would much prefer to spend time with her father, Zander, than with Julia, her pesky twin. When Zander dies in an accident, Dana scrambles to find her own identity. Trying to seek closeness to her father, Dana stays in New York City while her mother returns to Maine. Dana, estranged from her siblings and mother, watches as her relationships are altered forever. Facing grief strains Abby and Dana’s mother-daughter relationship and trust. The novel ends in mixed emotions: Dana and Julia are reconciled as sisters after an unexpected illness, Abby declines the invitation to Dana’s wedding, and Dana and Matthew—who met at art college—are basking in the joy of a new daughter, Francie.