Review: Book: The Grammarian- Cathleen Schine


Title: The Grammarian

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Cathleen Schine

Publisher: MacMillan

Genre: Sister Fiction

Page Count: 272 Pages

ISBN: 125024174X (ISBN13: 9781250241740)

Author or Book Website:

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Grammarians

Link to Goodreads: The Grammarians

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Won it from Goodreads/ARC

Summary of the Book:

The Grammarians” are Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving the dignity and elegance of Standard English. Laurel, who gives up teaching kindergarten to write poetry, is drawn, instead, to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their fraying twin-ship finally shreds completely when the sisters go to war, absurdly but passionately, over custody of their most prized family heirloom: Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition.

Cathleen Schine has written a playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I am a twin myself and me and my sister are very close. I related to this book on so many levels. I love the play on words and some things just made me laugh and think wow there is so much more to the written word then I thought. I thought what they said about the twin language was amazing for my mother told me and my sister how our own. I love how readable this was for I was a little scared when I read the blurb. I thought it might have be lost on me even thought I try to lead new words all the time. It opened my eyes to how we can have the same beginning but not end up in the same place with the same thoughts.

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

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