This is the true story of two sisters that will make you laugh and cry.
I was their close friend for fifteen years and the title The Less You Know The Sounder You Sleep reflects how little they were told about being conjoined, or why they were incarcerated all their lives.
I want you, the reader, to be Dasha; a little girl who genuinely thought that Stalin’s Russia was the best of all possible worlds. A 16 year old in an isolated school for ‘defectives’ who fell impossibly in love with a fellow pupil. A loving sister who was locked in a life-long turbulent relationship with her twin.
Dasha’s voice is the one I listened to for hour upon hour as I sat in their room while she talked to me about their past. Her narration of this book is understated and naïve and yet resonates with wisdom.
She asked me to record their lives and in doing so over the years I became her eyes, ears and eventually her voice.
Being Dasha in this novel was heart rending but this is her story as she told it to me.
Her sister Masha was strong and funny, but could also be cruel, while Dasha was selfless and good. She wanted more than anything, for the world to know that disabled people are simply people, just like me and you.
In her own lifetime she didn’t have a voice. Now she has.
The Less You Know The Sounder You Sleep is out now.
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