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Maggie's Ruse


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Parrish’s fourth novel, Maggie’s Ruse, is a well-written book you are unlikely to put down.

Parrish’s fourth novel Maggie’s Ruse follows the lives of identical twins, Maggie and Marta, and it is a well-written novel you are unlikely to put down. 

Both young women are living together, as they always have done, in New York, attempting to make something of themselves. Maggie is an artist and Marta is a fledging actress. The dynamic between them dramatically shifts, however, when Maggie spontaneously decides not to correct someone when they mistake her for Marta. For the first time, their bond is stretched as Maggie puts a great distance between her, her old life and Marta. 

Parrish explores what makes the relationship between twins special but not in the clichéd way which has been done before. The narrative does not linger on whether one feels pain when the other is hurt, nor is there anything sinister about the way they communicate (through texts and missed calls). Instead, she focuses on a connection even thicker than blood and how such a connection can be a hinderance as well as a help. 

The distance between Maggie and Marta allows them both much needed room to grow; to make mistakes and suffer the consequences. Parrish celebrates the individual alongside the infamous identical twin relationship. Thus, even though her story begins with twins it ends up being about two women who need each other but most importantly, two women who need themselves too.

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I am an English teacher and a writer. I published my first poetry collection, Between the Trees, in May 2019. I read widely and avidly and review through Reedsy Discovery, Amazon Vine and individual review requests. All reviews are published on Amazon, Goodreads and my blog - My Screaming Twenties.

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Maggie's Ruse is my fourth novel. I write fiction and poetry, and the occasional essay on the art and craft of writing. I live in an evergreen forest in the South Sound region of Washington State. You can read all about me on my website at view profile

Published on October 01, 2019

Published by Unsolicited Press

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Literary Fiction

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