Sarginson’s debut is a timeless and riveting piece that echoes the mystique and beauty of the lush English countryside. Jumping back and forth between the years 1972 and 1987, a mystery from the twins’ past slowly unfolds while Isolte and Viola struggle painfully through their adult lives. Although a few time-jumps in the beginning might confuse some readers from a chronological standpoint, most will enjoy this bewitching story.
In 1972 Suffolk, England, identical twins Isolte and Viola spend their days running wild. While playing in the nearby forest, the girls meet another pair of identical twins named John and Michael, and the group becomes inseparable. Years later, in 1987, Isolte is barely scraping by as a magazine writer while Viola wastes away in the hospital from anorexia. Both women are trying to cope with a tragedy that separated the twins years earlier when they were children. (REDHOOK, Jul., 300 pp., $16.00)