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Alva and Irva

(2003)
A novel by

 
A fairy tale for our times about the worlds we inhabit and the worlds we contain, from the astonishing new voice who introduced us to the strange and marvellous world of Observatory Mansions.

Alva and Irva Dapps are identical twin sisters. They live in the city of Entralla, not a place you are likely to have visited. Alva is by nature an explorer; she longs to travel the world. Irva is a recluse, for whom a step outside the house is an ordeal. But the twins belong together -- they feel each other's feelings, think each other's thoughts, suffer together, love together and hate together -- they cannot survive without each other.

Since childhood, the twins have built fantastical cities of Plasticine. But when Irva finally refuses to leave the house at all, the major work of their lives begins. Alva, attempting to return Irva to life, brings the city of Entralla into their home; she wanders its streets, observing, taking notes, measuring, and reports her findings to Irva, who painstakingly constructs a miniature Entralla of Plasticine. And the model city comes to serve Entralla in a way its creators could never have imagined.

In Alva & Irva, Edward Carey takes the reader on an enchanting journey through a city of the imagination, with unforgettable heroines whose conflicting desires contain the seeds of both their destruction and their salvation.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Alva & Irva
Author(s): Edward Carey
ISBN: 0-679-31233-1 / 978-0-679-31233-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House of Canada Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2003 : UK Hardback
Title: Alva & Irva: The Twins who Saved a City
Author(s): Edward Carey
ISBN: 0-330-41321-X / 978-0-330-41321-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

March 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City
Author(s): Edward Carey
ISBN: 0-15-100782-9 / 978-0-15-100782-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Alva & Irva
Author(s): Edward Carey
ISBN: 1-4472-1892-2 / 978-1-4472-1892-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Alva and Irva : The Twins Who Saved a City
Author(s): Edward Carey
ISBN: 0-679-31234-X / 978-0-679-31234-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Alva & Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City
Author(s): Edward Carey
ISBN: 0-15-602960-X / 978-0-15-602960-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harvest Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Alva & Irva
Author(s): Edward Carey
ISBN: 0-330-39605-6 / 978-0-330-39605-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Alva & Irva
Author(s): Edward Carey
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Alva And Irva
Author(s): Edward Carey
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   



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