Finalist For The NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Youth and Teens Literature
One of Essence Magazine's Best Books of the Year
Sixteen year old Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their family seems to be unraveling. Then the Boyers have a tragic encounter that will shatter everyone's world forever.
Untwine is a spellbinding tale, lyrical and filled with love, mystery, humor, and heartbreak. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat brings her extraordinary talent to this graceful and unflinching examination of the bonds of friendship, romance, family, the horrors of loss, and the strength we must discover in ourselves when all seems hopeless.
"Danticat’s portrayal of two ordinary sisters and their family, and the precariousness of daily life, is quite affecting. Danticat’s measured pace and attention to emotional detail pay off."—New York Times Book Review
"Danticat…shines in this young adult novel…at times…supernatural and mystical before yanking readers back into realism. A bit mystery, a bit romance…a touch of humor, well-crafted characters and strong writing make this a book to recommend[.]” —School Library Journal, starred review
"Danticat’s gracious and poetic language haunts…final scenes are at once heartbreaking and uplifting.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“Danticat delivers a lyrical, heart-wrenching novel for teens about love (familial and romantic), friendship, and loss that traverses multiple worlds—between life and death, between twins, and between the past and the present.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Danticat in her first novel for teens, writes a soulful account of one girl’s grief...This is a poignant story for thoughtful teens that explores what it means to be a twin and how to say good-bye without losing oneself.” —Booklist
“[A]n emotional story full of heartbreak, agony and hope. Written in elegant prose, with each chapter ending in a profound emotional statement, the novel draws readers through the aftermath of unexpected loss. Edwidge Danticat not only exposes the delicate bond that twins share but also beautifully weaves in Haitian culture and family traditions throughout the novel. Mystery and emotions run high in this work, taking readers on a realistic ride through the various stages of grief.”—BookPage
"In this captivating novel, the loss of a sibling is magnified by the fact that Giselle and Isabelle Boyer are identical twins… This situation would be dramatic even in the hands of a lesser writer, but Danticat takes the impact far beyond the circumstantial. By profoundly exploring the richness of the relationship before the crash and sensitively describing the experience of the loss, she endows Giselle’s recovery with a redemptive power that becomes intensely believable, inspiring and unforgettable."— Minnesota Star Tribune
"Scholastic Press is targeting Edwidge Danticat's new novel "Untwine" at readers 12 and older. But this tale of grief and resilience should appeal to people who love Danticat's fiction for adults, too, such as "Breath, Eyes, Memory" and "Claire of the Sea Light."…In "Untwine" Danticat takes several staples of young imaginations…and spins something beautiful yet down to earth out of each one. "— Journal Sentinal