Division


Fiction - Science Fiction
277 Pages
Reviewed on 12/26/2013
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Author Biography

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence. After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles. There she met her husband, who hates L.A. They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.

Wyle has been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as she can remember. She majored in English and American Literature major at Stanford University, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it.

Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of practicing appellate law. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite

Karen Wyle takes on a unique topic in her new book, Division. It is the story of two brothers, Gordon and Johnny, who are conjoined twins. The story starts out following their life as they grow from young children to teens and then to adults. It takes place in a future where doctors have advanced medicine in a number of ways, including cloning, which provides a way to separate the twins. This begins a long court battle as the twins argue on who gets to make the choice on the procedure; Johnny who wants to separate or Gordon who is happy being conjoined.

This is such a unique and complex topic that I wasn't sure how the author would handle it. Karen Wyle definitely did her research about conjoined twins. The personalities displayed by the characters actually remind me of twins I know. The book is well written and very well thought out; the author really gets into the minds of these two different men. Neither side is pushed as being the best choice, arguments for both are presented so balanced that you don't know which way things will happen until they do. I think of it as a part coming-of-age story, because each twin is struggling to find himself in this world, whether it be conjoined or alone. It will appeal to young and old readers alike. Science fiction, fantasy, young adult, future or realistic; whatever you want to call it, Division by Karen Wyle is good reading for all.