Magazine article New Internationalist

2 Girls

Magazine article New Internationalist

2 Girls

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2 Girls by Perihan Magden (Serpent's Tail ISBN 1 85242 899 6)

Teenage angst in Istanbul. At first glance Perihan Magden's novel seems to be about little more than the pent-up frustrations and inner turmoil of a pair of young women who are still too young to fly the family nest but too grown-up to feel comfortable in it any longer. Behiye and Handan meet and bond immediately, despite their differences - Behiye wears black, likes Western thrash bands, shoplifts and is angry with everyone; while Handan wears pink, adores Kylie and Britney Spears, and dotes on her (single) mother. From the outset, their friendship worries the adults around them. What is the nature of Behiye's love for Handan? Is Behiye so emotionally unstable that Handan is at risk? Why does Handan allow Behiye's possessiveness to rule her?

Half-way through 2 Girls it seems certain that this is a book about an obsessive love one girl has for another. …

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