Identical twins Jillian and Jana Lee haven ' t been close since college, when Jillian stole Jana Lee ' s boyfriend. But now, to save her sanity, workaholic businesswoman Jillian wants to switch places for a week with her not ' so ' happy ' homemaker sister. Jana Lee wants to mend fences with her twin, and besides, her life has reached a dead end in the ' burbs.
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November 30, 2005
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Excerpt from Switched, Bothered and Bewildered by Suzanne MacPherson
Nobody Doesn't Like Jana Lee
"You want me to do what " Jana Lee Tompkins Stivers bolted upright in her spa bed and stared at her twin. She quickly pulled up the sheet to cover her naked breasts. Jillian's insane request just proved that her sister had truly cracked up.
"Jana Lee, I know I don't deserve to ask anything of you, but I'm completely burned out. I can't bear facing people in my office again. I ' I stood in the lunchroom screaming like a crazy woman at the vending machine because I got Mounds instead of an Almond Joy. I kept hitting the damn thing with my fists. I said terrible things to that machine. They had to detach me from it." Jillian's voice cracked.
"You should have called me sooner." Jana Lee thumped back down on the spa bed. Leave it to her sister to take whatever peace their life had and twist it until it couldn't ever be put back into its former shape.
"I'm just not ready to go back. A week here hasn't even made a dent in my stress levels. They won't give me another day off from work. I can't stay in Serenity Spa forever. Just let me have an extra week away from work. I've never asked you for this big of a favor, ever. And it's not long. I mean, after a week at that old boring Seabridge beach house you call home I'll have my sanity back and go politely back to my office."
Jana Lee shook her head. "I could never pull it off. We can't play that old switch trick on people anymore, Jillian. This isn't like the Mike and Todd boyfriend swap for the ninth-grade Sadie Hawkins dance. It's not just two dumb boys; it's your job we're talking about. Our lives are too complicated now."
Jana Lee didn't mention the other switch they'd done. The switch that had created years of resentment between her and her sister; the switch that had ended her engagement to Elliot the idiot.
But it was obvious that her sister really was on the edge of some sort of breakdown. It was noticeable. Jana Lee had only seen Jillian cry three times before in their entire lives. And right now she definitely heard her sister suppressing a sob.