MAGGIE'S RUSE

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FAMILY FUNNY SATIRE

Contemporary

Anne Leigh Parrish

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A powerful, deeply psychological story about sibling rivalry, innate connections, and mistaken identity. 27 year-old identical twins, Maggie and Marta Dugan, come to a parting of the ways. Can they come back together? And how would a reunion be viable?

Genre

Family,Funny,Satire

Short Summary

Maggie impersonates her twin sister, Marta, when a friend of Marta's drops by. the ruse is discovered when Marta returns home and a rift between the sisters ensues. They separate for the first time in their lives and struggle to find independence as they pursue their respective artistic callings


Maggie, then in LA with the man she duped in the beginning of the story finds she can't go on living with him. She and Marta talk on the phone and settle their differences. They acknowledge their deep connection, and are delighted to be reconnected.

Setting

New York City, Los Angeles, upsate New York

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Maggie Dugan

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Desperate,Engaging,Heartthrob,Insecure,Sexy,Secretive,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Marta Dugan

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Desperate,Greedy,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Josh

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Desperate,Crazy,Engaging,Heartthrob,Insecure,Masculine,Sexy,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Brad

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Clumsy,Complex,Desperate,Insecure

Development Pitch

Maggie and Marta Dugan are identical twins. Their relationship has the usual sisterly strains, until home alone one afternoon, Maggie masquerades as Marta when a friend of hers drops by. The ruse is quickly discovered, a rift between the sisters ensues, and they go their separate ways. But living apart is hard; real independence harder still. Will they come back together? How long until each realizes she needs the other to feel whole?

About The Author

Anne Leigh Parrish's fourth story collection, What Nell Dreams, will be published in November 2020 by Unsolicited Press. Her fifth novel, A Winter Night, will be published in March 2021, also by Unsolicited Press. Previous titles are: Maggie’s Ruse, a novel, (Unsolicited Press, 2019); The Amendment, a novel, (Unsolicited Press, 2018); Women Within, a novel (Black Rose Writing, 2017); By the Wayside, stories (Unsolicited Press, 2017); What Is Found, What Is Lost, a novel, (She Writes Press, 2014); Our Love Could Light The World, stories (She Writes Press, 2013); and All The Roads That Lead From Home, stories, (Press 53, 2011). Her short fiction has recently appeared in New Pop Lit, The Slag Review, and O:JA&L. Recent poems have appeared in Mocking Heart Review, Crow Literary Review, S/tick, Wilde Boy, Feminine Collective, 34thParallel Magazine, and Q/A Poetry. She lives among the evergreen trees in the South Sound region of Washington State.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Unsolicited Press

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9781947029