The Grammarians$ 27.00
"From an author often praised alongside Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new novel celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language.
"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, the two continue their verbal infatuation, but lo and behold, this love, which has always bound them together, begins 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 twinship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition."
By Cathleen Schine. Hardcover. Autographed.
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