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The grammarians / Cathleen Schine.

Schine, Cathleen, author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library SCH (Text) 33500013127451 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library SCH (Text) 33500013127469 New Checked out 11/01/2019
Warroad Public Library SCH (Text) 35500006217804 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374280116
  • ISBN: 0374280118
  • Physical Description: 258 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins, share an obsession with words. As adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation begins to push them apart. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition.
A comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language by the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport follows the experiences of identical twins whose respective literary careers are upended by their battle to claim an heirloom dictionary.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    Laurel and Daphne, identical-twin wordsmiths with fiery red hair, are this novel's protagonists, but language is its heart. Schine (They May Not Mean to, but They Do, 2016) coyly titles each chapter with a word and definition, and then there is the dictionary the twins' father brings home one night. The giant book entwines the girls as children, as they peel through its pages, and later, when they're grown and their father has died, tears them apart with a fight over who will inherit it. From the twins' infanthood to old age, words are their bread and butter. Even more than a nose job, which makes Laurel's face ever so slightly different than her sister's, words distinguish them. Both characters become writers—Daphne a prescriptivist, instructing on the rules of language in a popular newspaper column, and Laurel a descriptivist, penning poetry that creatively mines the way language is used. But central as words may be to this witty tale of sibling rivalry, Schine also suggests that there are some things they just can't quite capture. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    Laurel and Daphne, identical-twin wordsmiths with fiery red hair, are this novel's protagonists, but language is its heart. Schine (They May Not Mean to, but They Do, 2016) coyly titles each chapter with a word and definition, and then there is the dictionary the twins' father brings home one night. The giant book entwines the girls as children, as they peel through its pages, and later, when they're grown and their father has died, tears them apart with a fight over who will inherit it. From the twins' infanthood to old age, words are their bread and butter. Even more than a nose job, which makes Laurel's face ever so slightly different than her sister's, words distinguish them. Both characters become writers—Daphne a prescriptivist, instructing on the rules of language in a popular newspaper column, and Laurel a descriptivist, penning poetry that creatively mines the way language is used. But central as words may be to this witty tale of sibling rivalry, Schine also suggests that there are some things they just can't quite capture. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Cathleen Schine is the author of They May Not Mean to, But They Do; The Three Weissmanns of Westport; and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles.

Subject: Identical twins > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Grammarians > Fiction.
Women journalists > Fiction.
Women poets > Fiction.
Twins > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Distribution of decedents' estates > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Women.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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