The phantom twin

Lisa Brown, 1972-

Book - 2020

"Isabel and Jane are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters, conjoined twins in a traveling carnival freak show--until an ambitious surgeon tries to separate them and fails, causing Jane's death. Isabel has lost an arm and a leg but gained a ghostly companion: her dead twin is now her phantom limb. Haunted, altered, and alone for the first time, can Isabel build a new life that's truly her own?"--Provided by publisher.

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Subjects
Genres
Ghost stories
Graphic novels
Paranormal comics
Psychological comics
Published
New York, NY : First Second [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
202 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781626729254
1626729255
9781626729247
1626729247
Main Author
Lisa Brown, 1972- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Brown ushers readers behind the curtain of the ten-in-one in her nuanced tale of a sideshow freak. Isabel and Jane are conjoined twins, sold to a showman when they were very young—much like history's Daisy and Violet Hilton. Though performing as oddities has drawbacks, it also provides the girls with a supportive family in the other performers, such as fat lady Baby Alice and Nora, the tattooed snake charmer. One evening after their act, the sisters are approached by a doctor who believes he can separate them. Despite Isabel's misgivings, Jane, always the more dominant of the two, pushes her to agree to the surgery. Tragically, only Isabel survives, left with a cumbersome prosthetic arm and leg and the still-attached ghost of her sister. Now freakish in an entirely new way, Isabel returns to the sideshow to figure out what to do. Brown's simply lined artwork favors shades of blue, green, and red and draws upon vintage sideshow banner art as well as Sailor Jerry–style tattoos, injecting the tale with just the right aesthetic. She also incorporates commentary on the mixed experiences of freak performers, always treating this subject with respect. What emerges is a marvelous story marked by tragedy, courage, personal growth, and first love that is as singular as Isabel herself. Grades 6-9. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Raised in a sideshow since age three, 16-year-old conjoined twins Isabel and Jane, who share an arm and a leg, have made a life in a traveling carnival and a family of the other performers. When Jane, the dominant and more outgoing twin, agrees to an experimental separation surgery in hope of marriage and family, things go badly: Jane dies but abides as an angry spirit, still attached to her sibling as a "phantom twin." Artist Isabel lives on, learning to use prosthetic limbs, struggling with the loss of her livelihood and her changing position within her found family, and developing an interest in a local tattoo artist. As a muckraking journalist descends on the carnival, Brown deftly explores the insular community's relationships, capturing internal tensions while exploring the fragile protection the group offers its members against a world that shuns "freaks." Though many characters remain two-dimensional—especially the sadly underutilized titular twin—the atmospheric story's strengths lie in its relational nuance, in a beautifully evoked setting aided by Brown's uncomplicated drawings, and in Isabel's journey into autonomy. Ages 12–16. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. (Mar.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Haunted by the ghost of the stronger conjoined twin who did not survive their separation, Isabel struggles to find a place for herself in the world against a backdrop of the hardscrabble life of circus sideshow performers. Simultaneous. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A young woman is haunted by the ghost of her conjoined twin, in Lisa Brown's The Phantom Twin, a sweetly spooky graphic novel set in a turn-of-the-century sideshow.Isabel and Jane are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters, conjoined twins in a traveling carnival freak show—until an ambitious surgeon tries to separate them and fails, causing Jane's death.Isabel has lost an arm and a leg but gained a ghostly companion: Her dead twin is now her phantom limb. Haunted, altered, and alone for the first time, can Isabel build a new life that's truly her own?