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Book review: 'Twin' by Allen Shawn
Book review: 'Twin' by Allen Shawn

Shortly after his mother's death at 99 in 2005, Allen Shawn — the son of legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother of actor and playwright Wallace Shawn — began writing "Wish I Could Be There," a book about phobias grounded in his firsthand experience. To his surprise, his autistic twin sister, Mary, who had been institutionalized since they were 8 and marginalized in his day-to-day existence for decades, emerged as a central figure in his life story. A composer and music professor at Bennington College in Vermont, Shawn is equally unflinching and compelling in "Twin," which shifts the focus from phobias to twins, autism and what used to be...

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