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Title:
The sex lives of siamese twins : a novel
Author:
Welsh, Irvine.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, 2015.
Physical Description:
xii, 349 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the 'crazed gunman, ' turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial pedophiles. The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sorenson, thrilled by Lucy's heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrolls as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy's body than her own"--Dust jacket flap.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385539388

9780804173216
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Book

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Summary

The famed--some would say notorious--author of  Trainspotting  and many other brilliant offenses against common literary decency comes at last to America, with a dark and twisted tale of personal training and abject codependency in the fading glitter of Miami's South Beach, with a novel that asks the provocative question: Why  would  you want to be "the Biggest Loser" anyway?

     When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the "crazed gunman," turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial pedophiles.
     The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sorenson, thrilled by Lucy's heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrolls as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy's body than her own. Then, when one of the pedophiles she allowed to escape carries out a heinous sex attack, Lucy's transition from hero to villain is complete. When Lucy imprisons Lena, and can't stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start. In Lucy and Lena, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sadomasochistic folie #65533; deux in contemporary fiction.  The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins  taps into two great obsessions of our time--how we look and where we live--and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.


Author Notes

Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh on September 27, 1958. After leaving school, he lived in London for awhile, but eventually returned to Edinburgh where he worked for the city council in the housing department. He received a degree in computer science and studied for an MBA at Heriot Watt University.

His first novel, Trainspotting, was published in 1993 and was adapted as a film starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle in 1996. He became a full-time writer in August 1995. His other works include The Acid House (1994), Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995), Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996), Filth (1998), Glue (2001), and Porno (2002). He also wrote the plays Headstate (1994) and You'll Have Had Your Hole (1998).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Renowned for his Trainspotting series, Welsh, in his latest irreverent novel, shifts focus to Miami, where impromptu vigilante Lucy Brennan becomes a celebrity overnight. Numbers are America's great obsession. How do we measure up? Lucy asks, a self-centered physical trainer who judges people instantly by their height, weight, and BMI. But one night Lucy disarms a gunman on the streets of South Beach, saving two men's lives in the process. Lena Sorensen, an obese homebody with no self-esteem, films the incident on her cell phone and sells it to the media. Drawn to Lucy's physical perfection, Lena becomes obsessed and tracks Lucy down to ask her for help getting in shape. Soon, after the two men Lucy saved turn out to be pedophiles and the gunman she stopped one of their victims, Lucy decides the only way she can help Lena lose weight is to completely control her environment, so she drugs and imprisons Lena, her very own piece of clay. A dark comedy about sex, narcissism, and transformation that's fast, profane, and laugh-out-loud funny. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The popularity of the author's Trainspotting series in your library will dictate your interest in his new novel.--Morgan, Adam Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In his latest, a reliably maniacal spin on the Pygmalion tale, Welsh (Skagboys) leaves his familiar Edinburgh for Miami Beach, a "sun-drenched refuge for strutting grotesques and desperate narcissists." Lucy Brennan is a tough, foulmouthed, sadistic, bisexual personal trainer who, when she's not finding novel ways to insult her clients and hitting Miami's nightclubs, diligently tracks her calories with an app called Lifemap. She becomes a media sensation when Lena Sorenson, an overweight, immensely successful artist sorely lacking in self-confidence, records her heroically intervening to stop a murderous assault. As for Lena, Lucy's newly enamored admirer, her sculptures imagine "future humans" as we might evolve in millions of years. Thus the two dissimilar, damaged women are less opposites than unlikely twins, both sculptor and trainer being "in the molding business." Lena hires Lucy to help her lose weight, a task that Lucy, at once repulsed by and attracted to her charge, takes outlandishly criminal steps to accomplish. The satirical jibes at an America "swamp[ed] in blubber" are entertaining enough, but the novel is less effective at fleshing out its over-the-top and badly behaving comic caricatures. Listening to the libidinous Lucy's vulgar diatribes wears thin, and occasionally feels a little too like one of those exhausting workouts of which this antiheroine would certainly approve. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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