Chapter One: Introduction"My father never knew. I don't think he believed me when I told him about my years of torment."
-- Beverly Hendrix, fifty-three, salesperson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
On the face of it, we are quite different, hardly twins separated at birth. Ellie is slender, blond, the oldest child of a well-educated, middle-class psychiatrist and his wife, who was almost as well educated and who met him in medical school. Ellie is married, the mother of three sons, and is a college professor, a transplanted New Englander who has come to love the South. Sharon is a natural-born southerner from Louisiana, the...