(From the publisher):
Alva and Irva Dapps are identical twin sisters. They live in the city of Entralla. Like the Emerald City, Gondal, and Brobdingag, Entralla is not a place you are likely to have visited; only one guidebook to the place exists, and this novel is it.
Alva is by nature an explorer: she longs to travel the world. Irva is a recluse for whom stepping outside the house is an ordeal. Yet the twins feel each other's emotions, think each other's thoughts, love and hate and suffer as one—they cannot survive without one another. And thereby hangs an inventive tale of creativity, obsession, and genius bred by necessity.
When Irva refuses to leave the house, Alva, in an attempt to return her to life, brings the city of Entralla into their shared home; she wanders its streets, observing, taking notes, measuring, and brings her findings to Irva, who painstakingly constructs a miniature Entralla. Their masterwork is a city whose scale accommodates both their desires, a city that comes to serve Entralla in a way its creators never could have imagined.
Original title: Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Literary Fantasy
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics