The Malevolent Twin: Pulitzer Prize Entrant for Fiction 2015

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“The Malevolent Twin” is the story of a wayward wicked twin with destructive intentions. Avery Tran is ordinary in every way except one: her friend Venice. Since she was a young girl Avery was the only one who could see Venice. Avery would describe her as her own alter ego. As Avery got older, Venice began to appear in front of Avery wearing obscene clothing, mocking and harassing her for her frumpy style and average looks Eventually, Avery started to wonder what Venice truly was. Usually imaginary friends leave after childhood is over. Her curiosity leads her to an abandoned ancient mobile home, where her parents had buried a stillborn, then to a wise old exorcist who failed to successfully exorcise Venice, then finally to a quirky middle aged psychic. All the trouble starts when Avery wakes up in a swinger’s club. Having no recollection of how she ended up there, Avery starts to think it is Venice’s doing, after discovering herself dressed and made up to look like Venice. Soon after, a neighbor’s dog goes missing and a murder scene appears at her work place. Avery confronts Venice about these heinous acts and learns what she already suspected: it was Venice, controlling her body, who had committed the crimes. Frantic to stop Venice, Avery starts to handcuff herself to the bed and searches for a way to rid herself of Venice entirely. The quirky psychic, Pennie Apples, helps her figure out what is really going on, but it comes too late. Venice murders someone very close to Avery, who feels obliged to turn herself in. In the end, Avery learns a lesson about what happens when the imaginary abruptly becomes very real.

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Mary Sage Nguyen is the youngest daughter of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants. Vietnamese was the language spoken at home, so the only way she was able to learn English was through the public school system. Even though English was not spoken at home, Mary became an avid reader as a young child and always dreamed of being a writer someday. Mary writes young adult books. For information: Go to my website http://www.marysagenguyen.com/

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"Avery Tran is a normal teenage girl, with a difference: she has kept her imaginary friend from childhood, Venice . But when the two begin to fight, Avery comes to suspect that her imaginary friend is something more deadly. When she engages the services of an exorcist and a psychic, she is forced to realize that her 'evil twin' is a force that is capable of using Avery's body to exact revenge. 
Clues to the real origins of Avery's problems are revealed in the prologue to The Malevolent Twin; but the heart of the story lies in how Avery chooses to deal with something so close to her, and with issues of control and tragedy.
 
As nightmares turn into gruesome reality (it should be mentioned that graphic violence is part of the plot), Avery struggles with a force that increasingly takes over her body and mind and forces her to do terrible things. Can she guide the growing tide of violence into an arena of justice and good? And why does Venice insist that Avery be her friend?
 
Bad dreams, suppressed memories, seeming proof that Venice is not a demon but something more ... as Avery probes deeper, she uncovers some horrifying truths about her past, Venice's world, and the dangers that threaten everything and everyone around her.
 
While The Malevolent Twin might seem directed to a teen audience, it's the mature reader capable of absorbing a horror story laced with violence who will best appreciate the mystery and danger in a plot surrounding a teen who faces an unusual threat.
 
As events wind towards a terrible conclusion, the truth about twins good and evil begins to emerge through not just Avery's experiences, but those of other twins. Readers who believe they know where the story is heading will be intrigued and delighted by a changing story line that holds many surprises.
 
Events leave the door open for a sequel, but offer a satisfying conclusion to the immediate problem using a dramatic twist that mature teen to adult horror readers will find absorbing and surprising."

Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer for Midwest Book Review

"The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage Nguyen is a rather unusual young adult horror novel that will keep you wondering how it will play out for quite a while. Avery, a rather charming young lady, had an imaginary friend since she was little: Venice. At least everyone but Avery believed her to just be imaginary. The older Avery got, the more insistent and weird her best friend became. When very bad things happen, and signs lead to Avery being the source, Avery is forced to take action - she needs to find out who Venice really is, and why Venice accuses Avery's mother of horrible deeds. What is the secret of Venice? And what is Avery's mother hiding?The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage Nguyen has a refreshing, unusual plot. At least I've never read anything similar. Of course, there are horror stories about twins being light and dark, good and evil. We know about those. This one, however, takes the problem even further. What happens when the twin is within you, and the evil becomes part of you without you even knowing, and when you finally become aware of it, what can you do? And can the evil overpower your goodness? This is the problem Avery is facing, and the plot develops at just the right pace. I enjoyed reading this story very much - and the end of the book makes it clear enough that the problem isn't quite solved yet! I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy unusual plots and good writing."Kim Anisi 5 star review for Reader's Favorite 

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