Saturday, February 06, 2016

What is Ann Morgan reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Ann Morgan, author of Beside Myself.

Her entry begins:
I have several books on the go at the moment. As I choose one title from around the world to feature on my A Year of Reading the World blog each month, I'm nearly always reading something in translation. Right now, I'm exploring Thai literature, and am in the grip of an amazing novel called The White Shadow by Saneh Sangsuk, translated from the Thai by Marcel Barang. Like many literary novels, the narrative follows the struggles of an aspiring author, but the writing is so fresh, inventive and daring that it feels like a new departure rather than a...[read on]
About Beside Myself, from the publisher:
Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn.

Until they decide to swap places--just for fun, and just for one day--and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister. With those around her oblivious to her plight, the girl who used to be Helen loses her sense of self and withdraws into a spiral of behavioral problems, delinquency, and mental illness. In time, she's not even sure of her memory of the switch.

Twenty-five years later, she receives a call that threatens to pull her back into her sister's dangerous orbit. Will she take this chance to face her past?
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