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The Conjoined - A Novel

Jen Sookfong Lee

On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away. As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie, and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother. The complicated truths she uncovers force her to take stock of own life. Moving between present and past, this riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often-hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.

On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away. As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie, and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother. The complicated truths she uncovers force her to take stock of own life. Moving between present and past, this riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often-hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery — two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. She remembers a pair of foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng — troubled, beautiful, and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away. As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie, and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother. The complicated truths she uncovers force her to take stock of own life. Moving between present and past, this riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often-hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sabryn Rock

Length:

7h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

35:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

37:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

55:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

46:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

42:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

44:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:20