When you pick up a novel about conjoined twins, you might expect a curiosity, a glimpse of a life unlike any you can imagine. Lori Lansens' novel The Girls, about 29-year-old Rose and Ruby Darlen, who are joined at the head, is instead an affecting portrait of the importance of connections, and the distance that exists within even the closest of bonds. The Girls is a masterful tale and reading it will definitely make you a bigger person. This novel fantasizes about what it would be like to truly, deeply and physically know another person to such an extent that it is impossible to live otherwise. Through hardships and highlighting moments of their lives, like the fact they were born in the middle of a ferocious tornado, these twin girls have been always there for each other. Ruby, the exciting twin, writes the occasional chapter at Rose's urging, since she feels her life story could never be complete without the voice of the sister who has been along for every breath of it. Lansen creates completely distinct voices for each woman, and occasionally uses the format to revisit moments from each perspective. The title, itself portrays the strong connection between these two amazing strong women. They find ways to cope with the exclusion they endure from society, struggling relationships and ultimately realize that they are each other’s best companion. At last it comes down to the point where they must decide, who out of the two will live, and that is the hardest decision the twins could possibly face. This novel will take you through a twisting journey of these two conjoined, extraordinary characters.