Barbara isn’t the most popular girl in school and she’s hoping that the Ruth Warren self-help book can help her navigate through the questions in her life. How can she get Beth to be her friend? Why is Beth so popular? How can she get her true love, Tim, to notice her?
What is her mad scientist uncle working on in his basement laboratory? Why does he need an alcoholic homeless woman to live with them for nine months?
The terrible answers will affect Barbara’s entire life and most of all, her own daughter.
“Helen Fitzgerald’s The Duplicate is a tense, speculative look at the power of dreams, the price paid to achieve them, and the pain of having them dashed. The story plays with the concepts of identity, nature, nurture, hope and desperation. With a deft touch, Fitzgerald has woven a feeling of dread into each scene as she explores the pain of broken dreams, and the eternal damage of the death of hope.” – R. Thomas Brown, author of Hill Country