Twice as Bright

"It's really magical being a twin," says Diana Evans, 33, from her West London home. "You just feel very special, like you're born with a best friend. It's this feeling of security. You get excited that you have this other person; you do things together, rather than on your own." The emotional bonds of twindom are at the heart of 26a (Chatto and Windus; 230 pages), Evans' compelling first novel. And yet, as Evans knows all too well, there can be a dark side to twin magic. Her twin sister, Paula, suffered from depression and committed suicide in 1998. "Paula's death,"...

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