†Armed only with her vivid imagination and her tall tales, Bernice, an old eccentric, attempts to save the lives of two women in peril who she believes share the same soul.

 

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††††††††† TWO WOMEN

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Text Box: Bernice is a secretive eccentric elderly lady who lives in a low-income community in relative isolation with her blind twin daughters, Eva and Ava.  Every night she tells her middle-aged offspring regurgitated bedtime stories, many of which are cautionary.  One day, when Bernice notices something strangely familiar about two of her young neighbours, she is inspired to tell a new story.  
Through a series of interconnected tales, Bernice speculates about the lives of the two women while disclosing things about her own life that she never spoke of before.  Her accounts tell the saga of two women, Violet and Rose who are born at the exact same moment, hemispheres apart and by chance share the same soul.  As they grow they live parallel lives and experience each otherís emotions.  In reality Berniceís young neighbours are strangers who both happen to be recent immigrants entangled in abusive relationships.  
When Bernice goes outside of her normal comfort zone, and invites the two women to tea, and then informs them of their deep connection, they donít know what to make of her postulation.  Her initiative, however, forges a bond between the two unlikely friends.  The union strengthens the women and changes their existence and circumstances in unfathomable ways.  The lives of Bernice and her daughterís are also changed for the better.  In the end all of Berniceís painful secrets are revealed. 
The narrative of Two Women is   populated with oddball characters and equally peculiar and comical situations.  It is poised to   make one think, with its many incidents of unexpected humour, and glimpses into the complexities and various degrees of love and hate that can exist between mothers and daughters and men and women.  With hints of mysticism and magical realism, the novel is set to deliver an entertaining, at times shocking romp from beginning to end. 
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