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A Serious Switch Occurs in ‘The Two-Family House’

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Initially, I was drawn to The Two-Family House because of its premise. My first novel, Garden of Lies, is also about babies switched at birth. How would another author handle it? Brilliantly, in the case of Lynda Cohen Loigman, I discovered. I loved this novel about two Jewish families, brothers and their wives and children who occupy a two-family house in Brooklyn in the 1950’s and whose lives are intertwined in more ways than expected. Two sisters-in-law who live in a two-family house give birth on the same night. Rose had wanted to give her husband the son he longed for. Helen had wanted a daughter after four sons. Each woman gets what the other wished for. They secretly switch…

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Must Watch: ABC Family and its Lineup of Underrated TV Shows

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When did ABC Family (soon to be Freeform) become the go-to channel for cutting-edge dramas? From pregnancies to foster families to abandoned kids, every show seems to be pushing as many boundaries as it can. But somehow the channel still seems to fly under the radar. Sure, they have a few shows that became overly popular—like Pretty Little Liars, or The Secret Life of the American Teenager—but most of their programs never really hit it big in mainstream media. Which is a shame, as they have some of the best, most heartfelt programs on TV. In order to raise awareness, here are three underrated ABC Family gems (and one book!) that you should definitely be binging: The Fosters   If you…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Awkward Teen Drama Edition

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It’s not always easy to nail a teen show. Sometimes they’re too cheesy, or too boring. Too full of drama, or too many over-the-top issues. For every Dawson’s Creek, there’s a 90210 remake — don’t even get me started — just waiting in the wings. After years of entrusting all my teen needs to The WB, Read: The CW, lately I’ve been turning to cable networks for my high school fix. Specifically, MTV and ABC Family. MTV teen shows are funny, subversive and totally willing to go there. Just look at Awkward, coming back for its fifth and final season on August 31. From the first season, where unpopular Jenna starts a secret relationship with the school hottie and deals with…

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Switched at Birth scoop: Meet Sarah Stouffer, aka, Tess— Bay’s twisted new cohort

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What would you do if you found out that the child you loved and raised for the last 16 years wasn’t biologically yours? Two polar-opposite families must struggle to live together after finding out that their daughters had been misidentified at the hospital is the shocking premise of the hit ABC Family series Switched at Birth, as well as the book of the same name. This work of fiction is written from the perspective of Kathryn Kennish (Lea Thompson), a mother who lived this jaw-dropping fate, but the television series focuses more on the girls, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), and the trials and tribulations of their very complicated lives. Emphasis on the “very.” Switched at Birth…

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