Diana Evans (Author)


A hauntingly beautiful, wickedly funny, and devastatingly moving novel of innocence and dreams that announces the arrival of a major new talent to the literary scene

In the attic room at 26 Waifer Avenue, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter share nectarines and forge their identities, while escaping from the sadness and danger that inhabit the floors below. But innocence lasts for only so long--and dreams, no matter how vivid and powerful, cannot slow the relentless incursion of the real world.

Product Details

Harper Perennial
Publish Date
August 22, 2006
5.36 X 0.75 X 9.36 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Diana Evans has worked as a journalist and arts critic, contributing to Marie Claire, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, and The Independent. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies. She lives in London, England.


"A vivid, affectionate picture of the family as a melting pot."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"[A] poignant debut novel.. . . Perfect for your next book-club selection."--Essence
"[Evans] can turn a haunting, perfect praise. A promising debut from a young author with much yet to offer."--Library Journal
"A heartwarming epic that's never syrupy sweet. A-."--Entertainment Weekly
"A sad, magical telling of the uncommon link between Gemini sisters . . . enchanting."--Toronto Star
"Beautifully written."--New York Times Book Review
"Enjoyable and engrossing . . . Evans has a distinctive voice."--The Observer
"Evans's lyrical telling . . . fluidly juxtaposes disparate worlds."--ALA Booklist
"Superb [and] quirkily rendered."--Vancouver Sun
"A trenchant debut that speaks eloquently about identity, displacement, the most anguished of losses, and bone-deep love."--Booklist
"Funny, intimate and moving."--London Sunday Times
"Bittersweet . . . an alluring blend of fairytales and nightmares."--Daily Mail (London)
"[A] marvelously written novel . . . rich with both ordinary and extraordinary realities."--Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"At once tender and funny: [26a is] a keen study of home, homelessness and the limits of symbiosis."--Kirkus Reviews
"Beautiful . . . Evans is in a class of her own."--Melbourne Herald Sun
"Kept me reading past midnight . . . hugely assured and very moving."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"Heartwrenching."--Sunday Times (London)
"Amazing. . . . 26A deserves to be read, and reread, by a large audience."--Boston Globe
"Marvelously written . . . rich with both ordinary and extraordinary realities ."--Seattle Times
"Beautiful . . . A very earthy and relatable tale of family bonds and fractures."--Boston Herald