Sep 14, 2015

Blog Tour: One by Sarah Crossan

In keeping with the theme of ONE and twins, I am so excited to share my blog tour date with my own blogger twin (and real-life bestie), Nicole from Paperback Princess. Make sure you stop by her blog for more chances to win your own copy of ONE and see her review!

Meanwhile, Sarah Crossan is here to talk about her book and the world of conjoined twins:

Why is the world fascinated by conjoined twins?

The world is fascinated by conjoined twins because we are astounded by the idea of living without some element of privacy. We show different parts of ourselves to different people, and physically we share our space (on a continual basis) with very few people at all, if anyone. The idea of another person with us at all times in our lives sounds suffocating and painful. We can’t imagine what it would feel like to love another person enough to want that closeness. But the amazing truth about conjoined twins is that very few would say they wanted to be separated. Most are content to be together. Happy, even. I could only find one case of conjoined twins who asked to be separated as adults, and sadly both of them died on the operating table when doctors agreed to carry out the very risky procedure.

The problem I find about the portrayal of conjoined twins in the media is that it is, without exception, sensational and demeaning. The media turn the lives of conjoined twins into a sort of a modern-day freak show, where the public are encouraged to be amazed by the very fact that these people are alive and thriving. It makes me sad that we can’t be more open about accepting people with unusual anatomies without asking ugly questions like “Wouldn’t you like to be separated?” 

Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time. 

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.
She spent several years living and teaching high school in New Jersey before moving to London. 

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