Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins

Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins

by Nancy L. Segal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674025709

ISBN-13: 9780674025707

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard

A leading expert on twins delves into the stories behind her research to reveal the profound joys and real-life traumas of twelve remarkable sets of twins, triplets, and quadruplets.

Indivisible by Two introduces us to an assortment of memorable characters, from the "Fireman Twins"--brothers who, though reared separately, are astonishingly similar in

Overview

A leading expert on twins delves into the stories behind her research to reveal the profound joys and real-life traumas of twelve remarkable sets of twins, triplets, and quadruplets.

Indivisible by Two introduces us to an assortment of memorable characters, from the "Fireman Twins"--brothers who, though reared separately, are astonishingly similar in personality and behavioral traits--to the twin sisters who overcame one twin's infertility by having the other serve as her surrogate mother. We meet one of the few identical brother-sister pairs in the world after one of two sisters was surgically transformed into a man, and identical triplet brothers, only one of whom is gay while the others are straight. We see uniquely blended families--identical twin brothers marrying identical twin sisters, and Chinese twins adopted by different Canadian families yet raised as sisters.

Being a twin can also render the experience of historical tragedy uniquely painful. We meet Stepha and Annetta, survivors of Josef Mengele's heinous experiments in Auschwitz, and untangle the troubled lifelong tie between Jack and Oskar, born in the 1930s to a Jewish father and a German Gentile mother, one raised as a Jew in Trinidad and the other as a Catholic and a member of the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany.

Segal unravels these stories and others with an eye for the challenges that life as a twin (or triplet or quadruplet) can pose to parents, friends, and spouses, as well as the twins themselves. These moving stories remind us how incompletely any theory explains real life--twin or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674025707
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
632,000
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. Separated at Birth

1. Beer Cans and Key Rings

2. Switched at Birth

3. Oskar and Jack

Part II. Variations on Common Themes

4 Selectively Mute

5. Straight, Gay, and Straight

6. Agnes to Andru

Part III. Extraordinary Circumstances

7 Two Bodies and One Soul

8. Twin Towers

9. A Good-News Story

Part IV. Everyday Wonders

10. Selfless Love

11. Marital Math

12. Quad Boys Are Fine...

Afterword

Notes

Acknowledgments

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