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The grammarians

by Schine, Cathleen,

Format: Large Print 2019
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The Grammarians are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret "twin" tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins to push them apart. Daphne, a grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, a poet, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous nature of the written and spoken word. Their twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war over custody of their prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Laurel and Daphne, identical-twin wordsmiths with fiery red hair, are this novel's protagonists, but language is its heart. Schine (They May Not Mean to, but They Do, 2016) coyly titles each chapter with a word and definition, and then there is the dictionary the twins' father brings home one night. The giant book entwines the girls as children, as they peel through its pages, and later, when they're grown and their father has died, tears them apart with a fight over who will inherit it. From the twins' infanthood to old age, words are their bread and butter. Even more than a nose job, which makes Laurel's face ever so slightly different than her sister's, words distinguish them. Both characters become writers Daphne a prescriptivist, instructing on the rules of language in a popular newspaper column, and Laurel a descriptivist, penning poetry that creatively mines the way language is used. But central as words may be to this witty tale of sibling rivalry, Schine also suggests that there are some things they just can't quite capture.--Maggie Taft Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Schine's sparkling latest (following They May Not Mean to, but They Do) has a prickly underside that keeps it anchored to the daily stresses of family life. The tale of identical twins follows word-drunk Laurel and Daphne from their infancy, when they develop a language of their own, into a childhood in the 1960s during which they become obsessed with reading the dictionary, on through their diverging paths as a poet and a grammar columnist, and into an old age in which their differing attitudes toward words tear them apart. Along the way, they baffle their parents, frighten their psychiatrist uncle Don, and intrigue their cousin Brian. Eventually, each marries a mild, tolerant man, leaving the husbands to become easier friends than their high-strung wives. Both a fizzy exploration of the difficulties of separating from one's closest ally and a quirky meditation on the limits of language for understanding the world, the novel moves slowly through the first couple decades of the twins' lives and then more briskly through the rest. Though the work is deliberately paced, the affectionate tension between the twins provides enough conflict for a lifetime. This coolly observant novel should please those who share the twins' obsession with slippery language. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Identical twins -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Grammarians -- Fiction.
Women journalists -- Fiction.
Women poets -- Fiction.
Twins -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Distribution of decedents' estates -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich :2019
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Notes "Thorndike Press large print basic"--Title page verso.
Description 341 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781432871291
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