The Grammarians

The Grammarians

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"The Grammarians" are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twin-ship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition.

Cathleen Schine has written a playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

Title:The Grammarians
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250241740
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    The Grammarians Reviews

  • Debbie

    Cuckoo over word play…then a dive to 3.5!If you’re a word freak, you will probably adore this novel about identical twins who live to play with words! I was jazzed for most of the show, but I was ...

  • Diane S ?

    Twin, n. A couple; a pair;twoTwin, v.t. To part, sever, sunder, deprive of.And do a matching set of twins are born. Vibrant red hair, a precocious pair, who take to language early and never really sto...

  • Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)

    The Grammarians is a tale of sisterhood and a love letter to the English language. Cute, quirky, and highly readable, this book was a good deal of fun, especially for someone as word-obsessed as I am....

  • Kitty Jay

    From the summary, we have what seems to be a rousing set-up for a biting grammatical comedy: "Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Stand...

  • Donna Davis

    Oh hell yes. This charming little book had me on the first page, and when it was over, I was sorry to be done. Big thanks go to Net Galley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the review copy. This is th...

  • Chavelli Sulikowska

    This book was a lot of fun. An unusual premise, twin sisters who share a unique affinity with words and language that both binds them together and propels them apart as they grow up. The story follows...

  • Julie Ehlers

    I've always been a big fan of what Cathleen Schine has to offer: Comfort reads that are smart, funny, and well-written. (She puts me in mind of Meg Wolitzer, but a bit on the lighter side.) I've read ...

  • JimZ

    I had a hard time thinking about how to review this book. It was only 2.5 -3 stars for me. And I know I will once again run up against positive reviews. I know this because I only picked out this book...

  • Stephanie

    I received this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.“The Grammarians” follows the lives of precocious twin girls who share the “special bond” characteristic of identic...

  • Jackie

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s a decent book, easy to read. But it’s falsely advertised. The story makes it seem like most of the book deals with this fight between the two sisters ...