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26A by Diana Evans
The Hunter family lives at 26 Waifer Avenue in Neasden. Twin daughters Georgia and Bessi live in the loft that they call 26A. They have two sisters, a father from Derbyshire who drinks and swears too much, and a homesick Nigerian mother. The novel spans the 80s and 90s as the twins grow into adulthood. During an extended stay in Nigeria, Georgia suffers an assault that she hides from her sister. As the girls grow into different personalities, Georgia becomes more withdrawn with her inner demons while Bessi thrives. The girls share dreams and premonitions, but the growing gulf between them may be too much for their twinness to overcome. Diana Evans' novel about twins and family growth and interactions has received positive reviews with the New Statesman saying, "At its best, this is a poetic, complex and lingering study of forces that can make life sometimes unliveable, wherever you come from, and wherever you live."