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Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

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Elyse Schein had always known she was adopted, but it wasnt until her mid-thirties while living in Paris that she searched for her biological mother. What she found instead was shocking: She had an identical twin sister. Whats more, after being separated as infants, she and her sister had been, for a time, part of a secret study on separated twins.

Paula Bernstein, a married writer and mother living in New York, also knew she was adopted, but had no inclination to find her birth mother. When she answered a call from her adoption agency one spring afternoon, Paulas life suddenly divided into two starkly different periods: the time before and the time after she learned the truth.

As they reunite, taking their tentative first steps from strangers to sisters, Paula and Elyse are left with haunting questions surrounding their origins and their separation. And when they investigate their birth mothers past, the sisters move closer toward solving the puzzle of their lives.

Praise for Identical Strangers:

Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award

“Remarkable . . . powerful . . . [an] extraordinary experience . . . The reader is left to marvel at the reworking of individual identities required by one discovery and then another.”

-Boston Sunday Globe

“[A] poignant memoir of twin sisters who were split up as infants, became part of a secret scientific study, then found each other as adults.”

-Readers Digest (Editors Choice)

“[A] fascinating memoir . . . Weaving studies about twin science into their personal reflections . . . Schein and Bernstein provide an intelligent exploration of how identity intersects with bloodlines. A must-read for anyone interested in what it means to be a family.”

-Bust

“Identical Strangers has all the heart-stopping drama youd expect. But it has so much more-the authors emotional honesty and clear-eyed insights turn this unique story into a universal one. As you accompany the twins on their search for the truth of their birth, you witness another kind of birth-the germination and flowering of sisterly love.”

-Deborah Tannen, author of Youre Wearing That?

Synopsis:

Schein and Bernstein learned as adults that not only were they identical twins and separated at birth through adoption, but they were also part of a secret study on separated twins. This is the amazing story of two women coming to terms with the strange and unbelievable hand fate has dealt them.

About the Author

Elyse Schein is a writer and filmmaker. Her short films “I Steal Happiness” and “Private Dick” have been shown at the Telluride Film Festival and at cinemas in Prague and San Francisco. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she studied film at FAMU, Pragues Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts. She has also worked as an English teacher, photographer, and translator. Schein lives in Brooklyn.

Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times, New York, The Village Voice, and Redbook, among other publications. Formerly a reporter at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Bernstein has also been a regular contributor to CNN. A graduate of Wellesley College, she has a masters degree in cinema studies from New York University. Bernstein lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812975659
Author:
Schein, Elyse
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Bernstein, Paula
Author:
Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Twins
Subject:
Paris (france)
Subject:
Brooklyn (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
memoir;twins;adoption;non-fiction;family;new york;sisters;biography;mental illness;schizophrenia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PP COLOR PHOTO SECTION
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.625 lb

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