It's 1956 in Beverly Hills. Nadine has known about conjoined twins Amos and Eddie for six years but has never met them. She and her best friend Dianne have been off to college, Dianne to get her law degree and Nadine in psychology. Each woman has a failed marriage behind them. Nadine drops out of college with only six credits left for her degree. Dianne continues and gets hers.
When Nadine meets the twins, she literary drives into their driveway, introduces herself through an open window, and asks if she can come inside and talk. Nadine begins a romance with Eddie and Amos, until friend Dianne comes to visit and is introduced to them. Only then do the twins become exclusive, Dianne choosing Eddie, Nadine's favorite. In a double ceremony forced by Dianne's pregnancy, Dianne marries Eddie and Nadine marries Amos. It's a marriage of Four. The four pack up and leave Beverly Hills for rural Bootville in New Hamshire. When Carly is born, Nadine is extremely jealous, but then overjoyed that Dianne shows no interest in little Carly and Nadine gets to be the "mom". Until Nadine herself becomes pregnant and Carly begins to interfere with Nadine and her son Philip. Dianne goes back to work at a law firm, and Nadine becomes the stay at home mom taking care of the babies, the house, and the twins.
When the issue of separation surgery come up, and Nadine has her second child Daisy, the little family suddenly becomes famous.
Nadine feels intruded upon, the twins don't mind - they actually enjoy it, and Dianne is engrossed in her work. The film crews and newsmen don't actually come around until after the separation surgery, driving Nadine into hysterics, which she's been prone to since childhood. Nadine becomes more and more unhappy being the "stay-at-home" mom, and becomes more jealous of what she conceives as Dianne's "freedom". One the twins are separated, it becomes increasingly obvious that their personalities have swapped; Amos having been the heavy drinker and Eddie never touching liquor, and now its Eddie who drinks while Amos avoids the stuff.
'Attachments' is a comfortable book simply about the lives of these four people living together as a whole family. The story is told by Nadine, so it's her we get to know best, though the rest of the characters are fully fleshed-out individuals. The story, while not a thriller, is still a drama of everyday life in a unique circumstance. Rossner's writing is as impeccable was it was in 'Looking For Mr. Goodbar', her more famous novel. I recently read another story of conjoined twins called 'The Girls' by Lori Lansens, and I highly recommend that book along with 'Attachments'. They're very different books but each entertains in its own unique way. My only problem with 'Attachments' is the abrupt ending. You're left knowing what will happen but there is no concrete closure to the story.
I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
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