Keith Maillard is the author of 14 novels, including Two Strand River, Gloria, The Clarinet Polka, Difficulty at the Beginning, and most recently, Twin Studies. He has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Literary Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Maillard was born and raised in West Virginia and now lives in Vancouver. He has been a musician, a contributor for CBC Radio, a freelance photographer, and a journalist. He teaches at the University of British Columbia. Website: keithmaillard.com. Twitter: @keithmaillard.
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Excerpt from Twin Studies:
- “The blonde woman in the black car was staring at her through their two windshields. It wasn’t just any old black car but an SUV, a small one, and not just black but a gleaming spaceship black—inside, not just a blonde woman but a blonde child, both of them shocked and staring” – In Maisonneuve
Dr. Erica Bauer – an identical twin – studies twins at a university in Vancouver. There she meets a set of preteen twins who are evidently fraternal but who insist that they are identical. As Erica sets out to help the twins, their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Twin Studies is a masterful novel that explores the complicated bonds between twins and siblings, friends and lovers; the role of class and money; and the nature of gender, sexuality, and identity.