The phantom twin

by Brown, Lisa, 1972-

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Summary
Isabel spent her life following Jane's lead. Literally--of the two conjoined twins, Jane was always the stronger one, both physically and emotionally. But when Jane dies on the operating table during a risky attempt to separate the twins, Isabel is left alone.Or is she? Soon, Jane returns, attached to Isabel from shoulder to hip just like she used to be. Except Isabel is the only person who can see Jane--a ghost, a phantom limb, a phantom twin.Against a vivid backdrop of the hardscrabble life of circus sideshow freaks at the turn of the century, Isabel's story unfolds as an unforgettable coming-of-age tale from picture book star Lisa Brown.
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Booklist Review: "Brown ushers readers behind the curtain of the ten-in-one in her nuanced tale of a sideshow freak. Isabel and Jane are conjoined twins, sold to a showman when they were very young--much like history's Daisy and Violet Hilton. Though performing as oddities has drawbacks, it also provides the girls with a supportive family in the other performers, such as fat lady Baby Alice and Nora, the tattooed snake charmer. One evening after their act, the sisters are approached by a doctor who believes he can separate them. Despite Isabel's misgivings, Jane, always the more dominant of the two, pushes her to agree to the surgery. Tragically, only Isabel survives, left with a cumbersome prosthetic arm and leg and the still-attached ghost of her sister. Now freakish in an entirely new way, Isabel returns to the sideshow to figure out what to do. Brown's simply lined artwork favors shades of blue, green, and red and draws upon vintage sideshow banner art as well as Sailor Jerry--style tattoos, injecting the tale with just the right aesthetic. She also incorporates commentary on the mixed experiences of freak performers, always treating this subject with respect. What emerges is a marvelous story marked by tragedy, courage, personal growth, and first love that is as singular as Isabel herself."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Raised in a sideshow since age three, 16-year-old conjoined twins Isabel and Jane, who share an arm and a leg, have made a life in a traveling carnival and a family of the other performers. When Jane, the dominant and more outgoing twin, agrees to an experimental separation surgery in hope of marriage and family, things go badly: Jane dies but abides as an angry spirit, still attached to her sibling as a "phantom twin." Artist Isabel lives on, learning to use prosthetic limbs, struggling with the loss of her livelihood and her changing position within her found family, and developing an interest in a local tattoo artist. As a muckraking journalist descends on the carnival, Brown deftly explores the insular community's relationships, capturing internal tensions while exploring the fragile protection the group offers its members against a world that shuns "freaks." Though many characters remain two-dimensional--especially the sadly underutilized titular twin--the atmospheric story's strengths lie in its relational nuance, in a beautifully evoked setting aided by Brown's uncomplicated drawings, and in Isabel's journey into autonomy. Ages 12--16. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Freak shows -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Conjoined twins -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Conjoined twins -- Surgery -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Twin sisters -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Phantom limb -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Ghosts -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Survival -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Paranormal comics.
Psychological comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 202 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781626729254
1626729255
9781626729247
1626729247
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