Identical twins Isabelle and Giselle were born holding hands, and 16 years later, Isabelle dies in a car crash while holding her sister’s hand. Giselle survives, along with her parents, and is forced to face the world without her twin, her own appearance a reminder of what she has lost.
Giselle is in a semi-comatose state in the hospital, trying to piece together the accident’s details while the doctors mistake her for her sister. It isn’t until her mother visits that they realize that Isabelle has died, while Giselle is still living and steadily recovering. They begin to suspect that what was originally considered an accident might not have been, prompting further investigation by the police.
Narrated by Giselle, who is wise beyond her years, Untwine tells an emotional story full of heartbreak, agony and hope. Written in elegant prose, with each chapter ending in a profound emotional statement, the novel draws readers through the aftermath of unexpected loss. Author Edwidge Danticat not only exposes the delicate bond that twins share but also beautifully weaves in Haitian culture and family traditions throughout the novel. Mystery and emotions run high in this work, taking readers on a realistic ride through the various stages of grief.
Untwine is recommended for older teens and those dealing with the loss of a loved one.