26a (Paperback)

By Diana Evans

Harper Perennial, 9780060821821, 277pp.

Publication Date: August 22, 2006



A hauntingly beautiful, wickedly funny, and devastatingly moving novel of innocence and dreams that announces the arrival of a major new talent to the literary scene

In the attic room at 26 Waifer Avenue, identical twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter share nectarines and forge their identities, while escaping from the sadness and danger that inhabit the floors below. But innocence lasts for only so long--and dreams, no matter how vivid and powerful, cannot slow the relentless incursion of the real world.

Praise For 26a

“A heartwarming epic that’s never syrupy sweet. A-.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“[A] marvelously written novel . . . rich with both ordinary and extraordinary realities.”
-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Beautiful . . . A very earthy and relatable tale of family bonds and fractures.”
-Boston Herald

“[Evans] can turn a haunting, perfect praise. A promising debut from a young author with much yet to offer.”
-Library Journal

“Superb [and] quirkily rendered.”
-Vancouver Sun

“Evans’s lyrical telling . . . fluidly juxtaposes disparate worlds.”
-ALA Booklist

“A trenchant debut that speaks eloquently about identity, displacement, the most anguished of losses, and bone-deep love.”

“A sad, magical telling of the uncommon link between Gemini sisters . . . enchanting.”
-Toronto Star

“Kept me reading past midnight . . . hugely assured and very moving.”
-Daily Telegraph (London)

“Bittersweet . . . an alluring blend of fairytales and nightmares.”
-Daily Mail (London)

“A vivid, affectionate picture of the family as a melting pot.”
-Daily Telegraph (London)

“At once tender and funny: [26a is] a keen study of home, homelessness and the limits of symbiosis.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Beautiful . . . Evans is in a class of her own.”
-Melbourne Herald Sun

-Sunday Times (London)

“Funny, intimate and moving.”
-London Sunday Times

“Amazing. . . . 26A deserves to be read, and reread, by a large audience.”
-Boston Globe

“Beautifully written.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Marvelously written . . . rich with both ordinary and extraordinary realities .”
-Seattle Times

“[A] poignant debut novel.. . . Perfect for your next book-club selection.”

“Enjoyable and engrossing . . . Evans has a distinctive voice.”
-The Observer