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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I do not want your pretentious distance. But she is never clearly diagnosed. Twins are permanent residents of the Nigerian imagination. I can imagine it feeling sort of mystical airy-fairy if not. Jun 20, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: I was scared I would infect you with terrible feelings and pictures in my head of walking out in front of the traffic dianz – No.

A complete masterpiece of words, I would and will urge anyone to read this. Like there couldn’t be another dinaa for the story. Her dvans novel, Ordinary People, is a portrait of family life for two black couples in their 30s in South London in a year bookended by the election of Barack Obama and the death of Michael Jackson.

For instance, Georgia comes up with drills that she can run for when the days become bad, which again, damn, that sort of thinking has been so useful to me. Evans’ second novel, The Wonderexplores the world of dancing. The Hunters seldom venture past Veans, content with Neasden’s Gladstone park and to watch the wedding of Charles and Di on television, scraping their ice-cream bowls “so that the Hunters became an orchestra”.

Well-written book about the relationship of very different twin girls growing up in England in the ’80s.

There are things that kids don’t understand and evanx them comes sadness.

I can’t say the same for the entire book. If it was broken by long journeys or tornadoes it emerged again, reinvented itself with new decor, new idiosyncrasies of morning, noon disna dusk, and old routines. 26 this may be slightly unfair, because I gather the author is herself a twin and may be drawing on real experience.


Glad I read it, however not at all what I expected from the synopsis! But innocence lasts for only so long–and dreams, no matter how vivid and powerful, cannot slow the relentless incursion of the real world. Back in Neasden, with malign symmetry – and deft authorial splicing – the twins lose their virginity to the unworthy brothers Diqna and Errol, who, comparing notes on Jamaica and Nigeria, are drawn to the girls’ gelly flicks and sandy skin “sand was better than coal”.

It was not sad in an “awww-this-is-so-sad”-way, it was completely and utterly depressing. The writing is outstanding, truly inspiring.

If perhaps she is overfond of metaphory poeticalness, she more than makes up for it in the way she talks about happiness and sadness, and about depression particularly.

It starts off as an enjoyable and amusing read but personally I found as it progressed that it became rather a sinister story. Yet she was the “only other human being he felt he resembled”, who gave him a “certificate of being”. Return to Book Page. From the very beginning of Evan’s first novel winner of Britain’s inaugural Orange Award for New Writersreaders know they’re in for something rich and strange.

I had picked up this book, hoping for a quick read about quirky twins and their struggle with individuality. Diana Evans is a highly skilled writer, guiding us through the evajs so beautifully. The sisters were delightful, the first part told of their very young childhood, the second a spell in Nigeria, the third back home and teenagers and the final sad section, adulthood.

Fiction Book Review: 26a by Diana Evans, Author . Morrow $ (p) ISBN

I have been known to abandon books at rest stops in Georgia when it became clear that one of the sisters in the book was going to die. Retrieved from ” https: It speaks to the heart of mental illness without ever saying the words. This time I got a book about twins, their special bond, depression, family, wanderlust and some supernatural. She never gets over it and just slides down into an abyss of no hope, the other twin who did show great promise of being an independent young woman, comes back Started off on a good footing, the story of a family, essentially the story of a pair of twins, of mixed evas, African and English.


I hated the dad and didn’t fully understand him, his character wasn’t fleshed out and his attitude to his family was very odd.

26a. Diana Evans

I enjoyed this book a lot; felt empathy for all. Why did no one question why all of a sudden bubbly, confident Georgia suddenly became clumsy and awkward.

And why wasn’t the person who spoke to Georgia a counselor perhaps, whose head would drop to the side and mutter Hmmm The mum was barking mad and the girls amazingly balanced. The sisters in this story as with Little Women veans “make” the family as both parents are somewhat distant from the family unit – Mum, Evana, always longing for her homeland of Nigeria and dad, Aubrey, too inclined to his drunken rages to actually be present much of the time.

Her prose is beautiful, her characters perfect, and her story utterly gut-wrenching. Instead I ended up with a first half that dragged me along with a story about sisters, their fun-filled childhood at Neasden, their sudden move to Africa, their hopes of a reunion between their emotionally estranged parents and finally touching upon their adolescence. Refresh and try again. That’s not for you, see?

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