Louis & Louise (Hardback)Julie Cohen (author)
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One life. Lived twice.
Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final 'e'.
They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences.
Thirteen years later, they are both coming home.
A tender, insightful and timely novel about the things that bring us together - and those which separate us, from the author of Together, a perfect read for anyone who has enjoyed Celeste Ng, Kate Atkinson or Anne Tyler.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 230 x 158 x 26 mm
'Not often does a story remind us of what beautifully complex creatures we are. Julie Cohen has given us that rare gift.' - Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
'Cohen has written an engaging, moving novel, at its most arresting in the pivotal scenes when she explores the personal fallout of industrial and class conflict in Louis/Louise's beleaguered hometown.' - The Sunday Times
'Told over two, initially parallel, narratives (or, indeed, universes), this is a nuanced exploration of how the social expectations of gender can push us down certain paths.' - The Independent
'In this fascinating novel, Cohen explores the paths taken by Louis and Louise, which run almost parallel until a life-changing event on the night of Lou's high school graduation. It's a poignant look at how our gender can determine the way we are treated and the knock-on effects that can have, even if all the other circumstances of our lives are exactly the same.' - Emerald Street
'Book of the Month: The idea behind Louis & Louise is one of the cleverest I've seen: a baby is born on 8 September 1978 - from that point, the narrative splits, with the child growing up female in one strand and male in the other... This tender, moving, fantastically readable story is expertly handled by Julie Cohen.' - Good Housekeeping
'Emotional and seriously powerful.' - Fabulous Magazine, The Sun on Sunday
'In the hands of a less skilful author this could have been an unsubtle gimmick to make a point about gender but Julie Cohen has written a powerful and memorable story of small town secrets, family dynamics and the sense that some things are just meant to be.' - Sunday Express
'Poignant and heartfelt.' - Prima
'Tender and thought-provoking.' - Isabelle Broom, Woman & Home
'This is a modern take told with heart.' - Grazia
'Elegant, thoughtful and powerful.' - Daisy Buchanan
'Hugely original and heartbreakingly real.'- Rosie Walsh
'Fierce, intricate and intriguing.' - Fanny Blake
'A timely read that will stay with you long after you put it down.' - Libby Page
'Louis & Louise is Julie Cohen at her absolute best. So cleverly done and authentic, and you feel as if you live in the town with the characters and have been in the story with them.' - A J Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird
'Louis & Louise is moving and beautiful, but it will also make you wonder and question.' - Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
'What a brave, warm and wise book this is. I loved it.' - Tamar Cohen, author of The Broken
'Beautifully written and thought-provoking.' - Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You
'A cobweb of a book: beautifully intricate and delicate.' - Veronica Henry
'Wow. What a beautiful, ballsy and brilliant book.' - Sinead Moriarty
'A beautifully written, heartbreaking and important novel about gender, self, family and, ultimately, love.' - Claire Frost
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