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Dual Citizens
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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Following The Missing Person and Inside, Alix Ohlin's third novel is a masterful achievement: a joint coming-of-age story and an achingly poignant portrait of the strange, painful, ultimately life-sustaining bonds between sisters. 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. In this gripping, unforgettable novel about motherhood, sisterhood, desire, and self-knowledge, Alix Ohlin traces the rich and complex path towards fulfillment as an artist and a human being, capturing the peculiar language of sisters and making visible the imperceptible strings that bind us to the ones we love--or have loved--for good.
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Lindy
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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Mehso-so

I normally enjoy quiet, character-based fiction about sisterhood & dysfunctional families & artists… but this one is too melodramatic for my taste, plus it gets sappy at the end. And there are continuity errors. And, while Therese Plummer has done a superb job on countless other audiobooks, & voices multiple characters convincingly, she mangles French pronunciation. Don‘t let me discourage you: this was shortlisted for the #Canadian Giller prize.

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Lindy
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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I don‘t know what kind of French accent audiobook narrator Therese Plummer is using in this novel set in Montreal, but it doesn‘t sound québécois or Parisian. Two daughters call their mother by her first name all the time and it sounds like they are saying “Marie Âne” (Marie Donkey). I searched online: it‘s actually Marianne (different pronunciation). Plummer is also unfamiliar with Canadian candy because she can‘t pronounce Gosette‘s.

Lindy PS. Thank you to @shawnmooney for supplying the seasonal image after I ranted about Marie-Donkey. 😘 3w
shawnmooney 🎄🎄💕💕 3w
tournevis @Lindy @shawnmooney 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 3w
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Lindy
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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My concussion is slow to heal and I‘m still not able to read print or spend more than a few minutes with screens, unfortunately. The good news is that audiobooks are now fine. The quote from the tagged audiobook is serendipitously apropos.

Christine So sorry to learn you were hurt! But glad you‘re on the mend. ❤️ 4w
CarolynM A concussion! That's awful. Hope you're feeling better soon💐 4w
Cinfhen So sorry to hear you have a concussion ☹️glad audiobooks are providing comfort xx hope you‘re feeling back to yourself soon 4w
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Chrissyreadit Glad you are able to do audiobooks! Hope you have a rapid recovery! 4w
Hooked_on_books Thank goodness for audio! Hope the noggin is better soon. 4w
marleed Oh no. I‘m so sorry about the concussion. 4w
Cathythoughts I‘m sorry to hear this ... take care & all will be well soon. And yes , thank god for audiobooks.. 👍🏻❤️ 4w
batsy Take care ... I'm sure you'll be back to your usual self soon ❤️ 4w
saresmoore Goodness, Lindy! I‘m sorry to hear about this. Hopefully yours will be a rapid and full recovery. 4w
tournevis 💕💕💕💕💕 4w
rabbitprincess Glad you are at audiobbboks and hope you are back to print soon ❤️❤️ 4w
Reggie Omg, Lindy, I hope you fully recover. Who is gonna tell me about Japanese manga featuring gay couples who do nothing but cook exotic sounding food. Who is gonna tell me about the next book about the complicated woman to root for? I will send you my good thoughts this holiday! 4w
Lindy @Christine @CarolynM @Cinfhen @Chrissyreadit @Hooked_on_books @marleed @Cathythoughts @batsy @saresmoore @tournevis @rabbitprincess @Reggie Thank you so much, everyone, for your concern and well wishes. I am doing better every day, but still have to limit my screen time and print reading. I have SO much appreciation for audiobooks! And for Littens too. 😘😘😘😘😘 3w
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MoniqueReads305
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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One of my favorite narratives to read is about sisterhood and the bonds that both strengthen and strain the connections that sisters have. It's been awhile since I've read such a story. And the reading gods decided to bless me twice in a row both times with stories about Canadian sisters.

#currentlyreading #sisterhood

Soubhiville I just picked this up at Texas Book Festival last weekend. I heard the author speak. She read the beginning and it sounded good to me. I hope you‘ll enjoy it! I will watch for your review. 3mo
MoniqueReads305 @Soubhiville I'm only 30 pages in and her writing is very engaging. I'm going to have to check and see if she's going to be at the book fair here next week. 3mo
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Soubhiville
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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My final #TXBookFest2019 #BookHaul. I would have gotten more, but several books sold out before the end of the day Sunday. Which is great! I‘m glad for the authors and for Book People! (TX largest indie bookstore provided sales for the fest.)

Photobombed by #Froedrick. He‘s grouchy because he couldn‘t go to the fest.

LauraJ Froedrick, my man! 3mo
Sace I love Froedrick. 3mo
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tracey38 Love the photobomb! 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz 😍😍😍 3mo
Crazeedi Nice!! 3mo
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Soubhiville
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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Alix Ohlin and Michael Parker talking about novels of sisterhood. They spoke about family and sibling relationships in general. Alix said something about shared history with siblings shaping who we are as whole people, and that relationship being like no other. That really spoke to me. I bought her book.
#TXBookFest2019

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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😕 not what I was going for. I only felt at arm's length from Lark, and no feelings one way or the other about her sister Robin. It just felt flat and distant the whole way through.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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BookAlongBlog
Dual Citizens | Alix Ohlin
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5🌟A beautifully written and tender story! This book hit me pretty hard. The storytelling was so real and intimate. It reveals so many truths about relationships, life, heartache, lonliness, desire, personal fulfillment and sisterhood. This book is beautifully written, very character driver. This one will stick with me for a while.It will be available June 4th!
#bookreview #bookblogger #bookstagram #canlit #canadianauthor

Cinfhen Great review!!! 8mo
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