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Ludmila's broken English
D. B. C. Pierre
Adult Fiction PIERRE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Pierre's debut, Vernon God Little, won the Man Booker and the Whitbread prizes in 2003; the book narrated a grim and bizarre Columbine-like aftermath in smalltown Texas. Here, Pierre widens his scope in comparing and combining the sordid lives of formerly conjoined twins in the U.K. with that of a seductress from the war-torn Caucasus. The author, whose pen name initials stand for "Dirty But Clean," begins by highlighting the adult Heath twins' childish antics in a terror-threatened London. Upon their medical separation as adults (effected in a prologue; they were conjoined at the abdomen) and release from a private institution, Blair, intrepid and sexually ripe, and Bunny, a feeble asexual, enter the real world and must learn to rely on one another in new ways. Meanwhile, miles away in Ubilisk-Kuzhniskia, the beautiful, sarcastic Ludmila Derev has accidentally killed her incestuous grandfather, the family's sole breadwinner, and must save her family from starvation. Her sharp tongue pulls her into a Russian brides Internet scam, throwing her in the path of the traveling Heath brothers. With a mix of offbeat composition and intoxicating insight, Pierre's dystopian work is in a genus all its own; he succeeds in shocking his audience with this maddeningly entertaining encore. (May 8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Ludmila trudges out of the Caucasus in search of help for her starving family-and runs into Blair and Bunny, conjoined British twins who have just been separated. Only daring (and controversial) Booker Prize winner Pierre would risk a plot like this. With an 11-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Blair Heath
Recently separated from his conjoined twin; fearless; courageous; very sexual; enters the real world; must learn to rely on his brother in new ways.

Bunny Heath
Recently separated from his conjoined twin; asexual; enters the real world; must learn to rely on his brotherin new ways.

Ludmila Derev
Beautiful; sarcastic; accidentally killed her incestuous grandfather; trying to save her family from starvation.

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