Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville's Famous Conjoined Twins (Hardcover, NEW)

Violet and Daisy: The Story of Vaudeville's Famous Conjoined Twins (Hardcover, NEW)

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From the author of The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets and The Borden Murders comes the absorbing and compulsively readable story of Violet and Daisy Hilton, conjoined twins who were the sensation of the US sideshow circuits in the 1920s and 1930s.

Violet and Daisy. They were as sweet and pretty as their names would suggest, the pair of them as alike as two flower buds on a single stem. They were also joined, back-to-back, at the base of their spine. 

Freaks, monsters -- that's what conjoined twins were called in 1908. And so their mother abandoned Violet and Daisy to the care of her midwife, who immediately put the babies on exhibition in the back room of her pub, embarking on a course of blatant exploitation that would range from the Brighton seashore to Australian amusement parks, American sideshows, and eventually to the most phenomenal success in vaudeville's history.

But Violet and Daisy were more than just an exhibit, of course. They were two distinct individuals with remarkably harmonious personalities: Violet thoughtful yet candid, Daisy impulsive and easygoing.  
Above all, they were sisters. 

In a story packed to the brim with questions about individuality, identity, and exploitation, Sarah Miller delivers an engrossing, compassionate portrait of two sisters whose bonds were so sacred that nothing -- not even death -- would compel Violet and Daisy to break them.


Praise for Violet and Daisy:

“Meticulously detailed…. This comprehensive biography also provides a healthy dose of social history, particularly as it relates to entertainment, gender roles, and disability.” –The Horn Book, starred review

“This engaging, linear narrative transcends spectacle to portray their storied career with sensitivity.” –Publishers Weekly

"Violet and Daisy’s story shines.”–Kirkus

"Exploited stage darlings? Callous self-promoters? Sad vaudevillians with little to offer in the motion picture era? Miller wisely leaves readers to work out their own answers." –The Bulletin

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schwartz & Wade (April 27, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 059311972X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593119723
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 - 16 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1150L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.44 x 1.12 x 9.38 inches