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. What she found instead was shocking: She had an identical twin sister. What's more, after being separated as infants, she and her sister had been, for a time, part of a secret study on separated twins. 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 her 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, taking their tentative first steps from strangers to sisters, Paula and Elyse are left with haunting questions surrounding their origins and their separation. And when they investigate their birth mother's past, the sisters move closer toward solving the puzzle of their lives.
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by Elyn R. Saks
by Ann Burton
by Laura Amy Schlitz
by Edie Colon
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
by Cathryn Sill
by Peter Elwell
"Wonderfully written and beautifully performed, IDENTICAL STRANGERS is the memoir of writer-filmmaker Elyse Schein and freelance writer Paula Bernstein, identical twins who were separated in infancy who became part of a secret scientific study on nature versus nurture. At age 35, Elyse learns that she is a twin and begins an investigation that leads to her sister. Once reunited, the two search for their birth mother and information about the circumstances that led to their separation. Performed by Alma Cuervo as Paula and Effie Johnson as Elyse, the two women's personalities emerge as clear, separate, and unique. The timbre of the narrators' voices provides a fine counterpoint to each another, portraying an impulsive, excitable Elyse and a more careful, rational Paula. Truly engrossing listening. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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