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The Silent Twins.

Wallace presents the true story of identical twin girls who from early childhood refused to speak to any adult. Instead, they developed an elaborate fantasy life that was based on dolls (representations of themselves that they ritually loved and killed), diaries, poems, stories, novels, and Bronte-like miniature books. They have written almost a million words recording every detail of their emotions--their passionate struggle for identity and their conflicting desires for escape from and union with each other. From their self-imposed isolation they ventured into sprees of drug taking, sex, and arson, for which they were ultimately sent to a hospital for the criminally insane, where they are still baffling psychiatrists. Wallace penetrates the twins' secret world, revealing their rich inner life, their sharp perceptions, humor and sensitivity, and their supreme and finally tragic effort to escape from each other and the mediocrity of their surroundings. Her analysis of the twins' love, hatred, and need for each other shows the way in which the lines between love and hate, creativity and madness, blur.
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Date:Mar 22, 1993
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