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The Effect of Living Backwards by Heidi Julavits

Alice and Edith are dissimilar sisters, one bookish and good, the other sexy and promiscuous. They are on a plane over North Africa en route to Edith's wedding to a Spanish ex-prince when it is hijacked by a band of terrorists lead by a blind man, Bruno. The book moves back and forth between the verbal sparring and pasts of the sisters and the psychological games played by the hijackers. Or is the hijacking a hoax? It's a novel where nothing is quite what it seems and has received mixed reviews. The Denver Post says, "The Effect of Living Backwards, Julavits' second novel, after The Mineral Palace, is both admirable and flawed. It is the product of a wide-ranging imagination and a prodigious writing talent that converts psychological insights into prose that is nothing short of fun."

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