What is the truth? And how do you know it when you hear it?
Jenny and Pippa are twins. Like many twins they often know what the other is thinking. They complete each other. When Pippa disappears Jenny is left to face the world alone, as she tries to find out what happened to her sister. But the truth can be a slippery thing.
Set in the vivid and varied landscapes of Argentina, Greece and the UK, Shelan Rodger’s compelling debut is a beautiful and complex examination of identity – a disconcerting story that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go.
I spent nine years during the eighties and nineties in Argentina, where a large chunk of the book is set. The consciousness of Argentina’s recent history – the 30,000 ‘disappeared’ during the military dictatorship that ended with the Falklands war – was a slippery animal beneath the surface of bubbly Buenos Aires.
Twin Truths grew out of two things: a fascination with the meaning of personal identity and the conviction that there is never only one reality. We live and move between stories which are deeply subjective, defined by a mixture of cultural and individual perspective. Sometimes things happen that make us redefine history or our own personal stories. Truth is indeed a slippery animal.