Dual Citizens

Alix Ohlin (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$25.95
Publisher
Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date
June 04, 2019
Pages
288
Dimensions
6.5 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780525521891
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About the Author

Alix Ohlin is the author of five books, most recently the novel Dual Citizens, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, The Best American Short Stories, and many other places. She lives in Vancouver, where she chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.

Reviews

"Touching. . . Dual Citizens has a lot in common with Zadie Smith's Swing Time and Claire Messud's The Burning Girl."--Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

"Evocative . . . traces [its] characters over long arcs of time and place with equal amounts grace and wit. Most revelatory is the way that each [sister] fights to find her own life as an artist outside the expectations of others and the demands of a male-dominated world."--Rebecca Bengal, Vogue

"[A] compulsive read . . . Ohlin asks questions about sisterhood, motherhood and self-knowledge in this novel about how we care for one another"--The Globe and Mail

"[An] engrossing, intricate tale . . . Ohlin smartly chooses a broad scope and expertly weaves disparate lives into a singular thread, making for an exceptional depiction of the bond between sisters."--Publishers Weekly

"[Dual Citizens] is a lovely, deeply moving work. A lyrical account of the lives of two women, their failures and hopes, and ultimately their quiet redemption. . . . [Ohlin] asks smart, complicated questions not only about family, but also about the nature of narrative itself--whether in literature or in film--about the difference between artifice and truth and the meaning of nostalgia."--Kirkus

"Luminous . . . Ohlin's touching, beautifully crafted story traces the unbreakable bond holding the sisters together, even when miles apart, through many changes."--Booklist

"Ohlin's prose and insight are luminous . . . As with her prior novel, Inside, Ohlin is adroit at articulating her characters' internal dialogues, and it becomes apparent to the reader as it does to both women that they are at their most harmonious when connected to each other. "--Shelf Awareness

"Alix Ohlin's gorgeously understated writing brings her characters to vivid, brilliant life, especially fiercely loyal and socially awkward Lark, who felt like someone we'd love to be friends with."--Apple Books Canada

"I hesitate to call Dual Citizens Alix Ohlin's best book--because her previous ones are among my favorite recent works of fiction--but it's perhaps her most entrancing. This is a spellbinding, fever-dream of a tale that will leave you forever changed, and will surely earn Ohlin a place among the greatest writers of our generation. I loved it."--Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

"Ohlin's story of sisters wraps its tendrils deep as any family. Dual Citizens leads a reader through landscapes of compassion and crisis in this deeply felt, iridescent novel of the spells and surprises a sibling creates."--Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark

"There's so much life in this novel! Alix Ohlin is such an effortless, absorbing stylist, and with Dual Citizens she has given us a story about family and sacrifice that will give readers a great deal to consider. It's a wonderful book that you will want to share."--Owen King, author of Double Feature

"For long-time admirers of Alix Ohlin's fiction, the psychological complexity and keen observations in this novel will come as no surprise. In Dual Citizens, Ohlin examines the conflicting desires of two sisters from Montreal with a riveting precision reminiscent of fellow Montreal native Mavis Gallant. However, unlike Gallant's Montreal girls, Ohlin's are not of a generation 'trained to be patient' but to follow their ambitions. A lifelong witness to one's shifting longings, this wise and luminous novel shows, is a sibling."--Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew

"Alix Ohlin is a thrilling and singular writer who intimately captures and celebrates a lifetime of desires, disappointments, and everyday triumphs in these two sisters' lives. I couldn't stop thinking about it: Dual Citizens will take up residency in your mind and heart for quite some time."--Jennifer Gilmore, author of The Mothers

"This novel sneaks up on you the way life does--full of chance and yearning. It's a precise, subtle, sad and graceful story about how we care for each other, and how we try to, and how we fail."--Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror