If you are visiting from Twiniversity, welcome! I’m a mom of now 20 month old triplets and a 7 and 5 year old. I started this blog because after I found out we were spontaneously pregnant with triplets, my Type A personality kicked into full gear and I went on a research spree. Sadly, I found too few websites with specific details on the ins and outs of the first year with triplets. I also heard so many negative comments about my pregnancy and life with triplets that I somehow forgot that I had experience or that there could be another way. The goal of this website is to give hope and details to pregnant moms of multiples like me. If you are new to the site and are pregnant, you may like my Burning Questions page or my birth story. Likewise, if you are Type A like me and like researching and reading anything about multiples you can find, here is a post I did on Triplet and Multiples Book Recommendations.
Today I’m continuing the post on book recommendations by adding a few more that I’ve read since my last post.
Three Wishes: A Novel by Lane Moriarty
This was a fun fictitious story about 30-something triplet girls. The novel is interspersed with stories from random people who noticed the triplets as they went about their life. I liked those short stories because it seems realistic. We often are watched by passersby because of the triplets, and I often wonder what they think of our funny tribe. Its a fun quick read and has an interesting take on the dynamics of two identical sisters and one fraternal triplet.
I’ll Give You the Sun by by Jandy Nelson
This was another fictitious story about fraternal boy/girl teenage twins. The story alternates from the perspective of each twin. I liked the style of writing. The twins are both artists and the language mirrors their creative thoughts, which I found really effective and captivating. There are also some beautiful lines about being a twin. Here’s a line (narrated by the boy twin) that stuck with me:
I turn around, remembering again that we got made together, cell for cell. We were keeping each other company when we didn’t have any eyes or hands. Before our soul even got delivered.
What an interesting way of thinking about multiples during gestation. Anyway, I enjoyed the book and actually picked it up before I even knew it was a twin story.
Twins: Genes, Environment and the Mystery of Identity by Lawrence Wright
I read this book because it was mentioned by Lane Moriarty at the end of Three Wishes. It’s a fascinating book about identical twins and triplets, some of which were separated at birth, and how shockingly similar they can be despite living apart. I thought this quote summed up the book pretty well:
Twins threaten us because they undermine our notion of identity. We think we are who we are because of the life we have lived. We think we shape the character and values of our children by the ways we raise them. We think that we are born with the potential to be many things, and to behave in an infinite variety of ways, and that we consciously navigate a path through the obstacles and opportunities that life presents us with, through a faculty we call free will. But when we read about twins who have been separated at birth and reunited in the middle age only to discover that in many respects they have become the same person, it suggests that life is a charade, that the experiences that we presume have shaped us little more than ornaments or curiosities we have picked up along the way, and that the injunctions of our parents or the traumas of our youth we believed to have been the lodestones of our character may have had little more effect on us than a book we may have read or a show we may have seen on television. The science of behavioral genetics, largely through twin studies, has made a persuasive case that much of our identity is stamped on us from conception; to that extent our lives seem to be prechosen- all we have to do is live out the script that is written in our genes.
The book was an interesting read and is sprinkled with interesting real-world examples of the similarities between identical twins. There were times when I thought it could have been better organized and more succinct, but the general concept about identity is a fascinating one.
Extreme Motherhood: The Triplet Diaries by Jackie Clune
This is a book about a mom with spontaneous triplets. The book is in chronological order and is structured to look like a daily diary. Clune is funny and very down to earth. She worries about things like getting back to her pre-pregnancy weight, how to give her singleton daughter adequate attention, her marriage, and how she’s going to manage life with 4 kids and an acting/entertainment career. She has a few moments where she’s pleasantly surprised at how easy life with triplets can be. Overall I liked this book. It was the most down to earth and realistic story about the first year with triplets I’ve read so far.
Have you read any of these books? Any other books you’ve read that you’d add to the pile for me to read?
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