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Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

Imagine a slightly different version of you walks across the room, looks you in the eye and says “hello” in your voice. You discover that she has the same birthday, the same allergies, the same tics, and the same way of laughing. Looking at this person, you are able to gaze into your own eyes and see yourself from the outside. This identical individual has the exact same DNA as you and is essentially your clone. We don’t have to imagine. –from Identical Strangers

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 eyeopening studies and statistics on twin science into their narrative, they offer an intelligent and heartfelt glimpse into human nature.

Identical Strangers 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.

An MS Society Books for a Better Life winner, Identical Strangers was featured on NPR, ABC News’ Good Morning America, CNN and other media. Reader’s Digest chose the memoir as an Editor’s Choice and Publisher’s Weekly called it”transfixing.”

Identical Strangers has been published in French, Dutch, German, Mandarin, and Japanese. It was optioned by HBO for a possible television series.