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)