Maggie's Ruse by Anne Leigh Parrish
A 2020 Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention in General Fiction, "Maggie's Ruse" is the story of identical twin sisters Maggie and Marta Dugan. Their relationship has the usual sisterly strains, until home alone one afternoon, Maggie masquerades as Marta when a friend of hers drops by. The ruse is quickly discovered, a rift between the sisters ensues, and they go their separate ways. But living apart is hard; real independence harder still. Will they come back together? How long until each realizes she needs the other to feel whole?
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Two identical twins in their twenties, wannabe artist and actor, know little of how to make a living or the value of money. While the reader might pin unflattering labels on this pair and their friends, their authenticity grabs and won’t let go. The author’s astute insight, big characters, a snappy pace, and especially dialog laden with subtle subtexts and zinger truths deliver a memorable literary trip.
-- 2020 ERIC HOFFER AWARD GENERAL FICTION JUDGE
Anne Leigh Parrish has worked delightful magic, creating a fresh, twenty-first-century pair of spirited heroines with echoes of Becky Sharp and Scarlett O’Hara.
-- SUBLIME BOOK REVIEW
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.
--KRISTIANA REED, SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEWS
A fun, sparking book that embraces the wonders of sisterhood in of all its challenges and complexities.
--JACOB APPEL, author of Millard Salter’s Last Day
Parrish offers dreamy descriptions of the women’s luxurious lifestyles, and much of the book’s humor comes from the straightforward way that Parrish describes the characters’ rather mystifying and capricious behavior.
Maggie's Ruse is a highly readable romp of a novel exploring identity, sisterly bonds, and the decisions that both divide and unite us.
--PAM MCGAFFIN, author of The Leaving Year
Skillfully-written and absorbing, Maggie's Ruse well displays Anne Leigh Parrish’s ample literary talents.
--KARL WENCLAS, Editor, New Pop Lit
"Parrish is an accomplished writer who imbues her characters not only with idiosyncratic behavioral traits but also with physical and emotional muscle and bone....[her] prose is easy to read and keeps the pace of her tale moving along smartly. Her dialogue is crisp and relevant, never lapsing into mere plot exposition. She is particularly adept at translating emotional revelation...one comes away from this novel with a heightened sense of empathy for the intellectual and spiritual ties that make identical twins seem identical on the outside yet truly individual on the inside...."
-- JOE KILGORE, US Review of Books