A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited
On Sale: October 2, 2007
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Elyse Schein had always known she was adopted, but it
wasn’t until her mid-thirties while living in Paris that she
searched for her biological mother. When Elyse contacted her
adoption agency, she was not prepared for the shocking,
life-changing news she received: She had an identical twin
sister. Elyse was then hit with another bombshell: she and
her sister had been separated as infants, and for a time,
had been part of a secret study on separated
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 the adoption agency one spring afternoon, Paula’s
life suddenly divided into two starkly different periods:
the time before and the time after she learned the truth.
As they reunite and take their tentative first steps
from strangers to sisters, Paula and Elyse are also left
with haunting questions surrounding their origins and their
separation. They learn that the study was conducted by a
pair of influential psychiatrists associated with a
prestigious adoption agency. As they investigate their birth
mother’s past, Paula and Elyse move closer toward solving
the puzzle of their lives.
In alternating voices,
Paula and Elyse write with emotional honesty about the
immediate intimacy they share as twins and the wide chasm
that divides them as two complete strangers. Interweaving
eye-opening studies and statistics on twin science into
their narrative, they offer an intelligent and heartfelt
glimpse into human nature.
is the amazing story of two women coming to terms with
the strange and unbelievable hand fate has dealt them, an
account that broadens the definition of family and provides
insight into our own DNA and the singularly exceptional
imprint it leaves on our lives.
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