In our unsatisfied curiosity about the difference between nature and nurture we visit with Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein. These women are identical twins separated as infants and reunited in 2003 when they were 35 years old. They are the authors of “Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.”
Their mother, as we will hear was unable to care for them and as babies they were placed for adoption.
When we visited by phone on November 10, 2007, we discussed their separate childhoods, how they learned that they had a twin, their similarities and differences, and their attempt to learn about a study of twins in which they unknowingly participated.
We began when I asked them to describe aspects of their twin-ship which they still find strange.
The book that Elyse Schein recommends is “Later, At The Bar: A Novel in Stories” by Rebecca Barry. The book that Paula Bernstein recommends is “Borrowed Finery: A Memoir” by Paula Fox.
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