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Shane and Tariq Batista are beautiful twin boys born to a psychotic woman. She breastfeeds her toddlers, fearing contamination from regular food. Shane is often left starving for his mother's milk as Tariq is fed first. Then their mother is violently killed when they are 4. As they're shuffled through foster care, Shane takes charge of their lives.

Tariq is as meek as Shane is manipulative. Their foster mother submits to horror and humiliation, then accepts the teenage Shane as "just different." The twins may have been snatched away from their mother, but her mental illness continues to feed their relationships with other women long into their adulthoods.

Hobbs fuses sexual appetites and aberrations, insanity and immorality, twin spirits and dual lives into an incredible novel. (Aug., 288 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Robin R. Pendleton